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Old 06-13-2011, 11:32 AM   #16
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Beauty and the Beast

Then we went to see Beauty and the Beast. Great seats. Great show. Great photos?

the star was excellent!

Is it bad that I like his character most?

I hadn't seen it before. Can you tell that I liked it?

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Lunch at Starring Rolls

It was then time for an early lunch at Starring Rolls bakery. We had read on the DIS boards about not only their cupcakes but also their massive sandwiches which all count as part of a meal on the quick service dinning plan. The seating area was packed and there was a decent line out the door as people were getting pastries and coffee for breakfast. DSis ordered the ham sandwich with an apple and I ordered the turkey sandwich with kettle chips. Her ham sandwich was good – the meat was fresh and flavorful – but the sauce/dressing was a bit spicy for her – a spicy mustard. Mine came with a vinaigrette dressing on the lettuce and a very light sauce – really was a nice flavor combination and was very mild. The meat was massive and the soft cheese was delicious. I loved the focaccia – fresh and soft. We both had bottles of water and a cupcake for dessert. DSis had a Darth Vader cupcake that was dark chocolate with a white chocolate Darth Vader topper. The frosting was chocolate with a layer of peanut butter under and the cake had a chocolate-peanut butter fudgy center. I had the marble cupcake which had a white butter cream frosting surrounding a chocolate fudge center, for the cake part it had vanilla cake surrounding a chocolate cake core. It was fabulous. When we got through the line a table of people who had enjoyed coffee and conversation had just stood up to leave so we had a nice table in the shade while we dined.
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Star Wars motorcade!

Now it was time for another fastpass. I was so full from lunch I could hardly walk so DSis picked up ones for Rock n’ Roller Coaster since we both enjoy it so much – thrills without the spills – the seats cushion your head and back so nicely.

Then we got a spot for the 12:40 star wars motorcade. We sat on the curb between a garbage can and a light pole thinking no one else could sit near us. We got there at 11:30 and already all the other spaces along the curb were taken or saved. By noon there wasn’t even room to stand. People climbed all over us and stepped on us and kicked us. And we were stuck babysitting other people’s kids.

But we had a great view – except for the kid that kept standing in the street to take pictures with his parents’ cell phone while his parents were in the back of the crowd somewhere. The cast members kept having to tell him to stand back on the curb but he never did.

kid getting told to move back.

The parade was short and a little dumb and definitely for me not worth the ordeal. It was full sun and super hot and CROWDED. Hate that the parade is a 12:40 this year and such a short route. Really miserable.

We got up as soon as the end of the parade cast members came by and we skipped the show at the stage to head with the herds to Star Tours to use our fastpass. The crowds were incredible.

We were glad to have fastpass, but we had to wait a bit in the queue as we weren’t the only ones using our fastpass after the parade. It was nice to get to spend a little more time looking at the new animatronics in the queue. We ended up in the same row, same seats as before – this time in shuttle E. We worried that we would end up with the same scenario as before but we had a different hologram and ended at the death star – and we got our rebel spy to safety. We both enjoyed it better the second time – our scenarios made more of a complete story.
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Catching up with old favorite attractions

It was so crowded and so hot. We were on our way next to see Indiana Jones Stunt show since we hadn’t seen that since we were kids. We stopped at Oasis for coke floats and a cup of ice – it was miserably humid and sunny.

Drank the coke floats in the theater – which at first was not crowded but then – maybe 5 minutes before show time suddenly was packed. It was funny because the first time the computer tells everyone to move to the center to make room there was hardly anyone there. But just before showtime everyone decided to come in to escape the sun and have a seat and so the second time the announcement came on it meant something. We enjoyed the stunt show – DSis fell for the cast member that posed as a guest and we had some good giggles.

We then headed over to the Art of Animation and to One Man’s Dream – neither had we done before. Art of Animation had a line you could skip if you just wanted to see the characters and do the drawing class, but we wanted to see the film so we waited in the long line (about 20 minutes). We really enjoyed the film. A cast member interacts with an animated character and we had a few gaffas, which I think our young cast member appreciated. We were going to wait in line for the drawing class but the line was so long and we missed the cut off for the next waiting group so we left.

We were tired and the park was packed but we made it to One Man’s Dream and enjoyed reading and looking at the artifacts. The film was pretty busy there too – but we didn’t have to wait long for the showing and we had a nice seat. The film was very inspiring on how much Walt risked, repeatedly, and made DSis think how only big risks bring big rewards.

By now it was time to use our Rock n’ Roller Coaster fastpass and the wait was 20 minutes – with the fastpass! It was more than twice as long using the fastpass at 3pm as it was going standby at 9am!

Next we went to Toy Story Mania. Yes! It was open! It was finally time to use the fastpass we had gotten seven hours before! We didn’t have but five minutes to wait and we had a great game. DSis scored 150,000 or so and I came in at 130,000 or so but the high score for the day was 100,000 more than that and the high score for the month was over 300,000. I love that ride!

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Great ending to a great day

We were hot and had done everything on our list and according to our itinerary it was time to go back to the bus. We waited 15 minutes for the bus – which in that heat feels like forever.

When we got back to Aruba building 56 room 5661 we found that our mousekeeper had left us a towel creature I named our Haitian bunny momma.

And she had left all of our toiletries nicely laid out on a towel between the sinks (I had them piled up in the corner).

She had also left us a bag – honestly a bag – of toiletries. We had left a note asking for more soap (I wanted an extra bar so each sink had one and the shower had one) and a five dollar bill. Guess she liked the tip. The toiletries won’t go to waste though as we give them to our parents when we see them later in the trip and they can take them to the abused women and children shelter in Collier County. I bet the kids will enjoy the Mickey soap and shampoo.

The plan for this evening was to take it easy and enjoy the resort. I like staying on property and like planning time to explore the resort’s theme and attractions. We used the Aruba village pool instead of the main pool at Old Port Royal because Aruba was much less crowded. We had no trouble finding a couple chairs and shared the decent sized pool with about 20 other people. No hot tub at the village pool though.

After showering and changing we went to dinner at Old Port Royal’s food court and got – as planned – the turkey and the salmon dinners at the Broiler counter.

After dinner, I remembered reading that you could view the fireworks from Port Royal (it was also on the itinerary). We walked down to Martinique’s beach since it looked nice to me and I thought maybe we could view from there as well. I got in a hammock and DSis pulled over a chair. The beach got more crowded at quarter to and some young boys and girls were swimming in nothing but bottoms in the water – head under the water – in the lake – next to the sign that says no swimming - enjoy your ecoli kids! The Epcot fireworks started and we couldn’t believe how great the view was. Laying in the hammock I could watch the fireworks in the sky and also enjoy the reflection in the water. Truly magical.

We went to bed early (11pm) knowing that the next day would be another early morning.

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Such a lovely report! I'm walking 'round with you! Have not checked out your food links yet but will do so.

Re: the parades and nasty parents/kids. Go "google" it on the main theme parks advice board. It is a hot topic and I've read many similar horror stories. I staked out my spot for the Main St Electrical Parade (I know they've shortened the name now) early on night #2 (Yes, I planned it so we could view the parade all 3 nights it was playing during our March trip - even if that mean the last night I left DH at WL napping so I could see it one last time). Anyway! I was a little protective of my spot (by the gallows in Liberty Square), but I was there early and I did stand right in the spot I wanted. No leaving a bag (or a DH) to hold my spot.

Glad you were impressed with the Magic Memories and You show too. I didn't think much of it 'til I really saw it up close from the hub. That technology is amazing!

I can't wait to see the new Star Tours - and I would've had a hissy fit if TSM had been closed for technical difficulties. But I would've done as you did: gotten the fast pass and hoped for the best. I love that ride!
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You'll enjoy the new Star Tours.

I'm glad I experienced the parade and fireworks from the hub/main street once in my life. don't think I'll kill myself to do it again though. I'm happier stopping to watch it between rides in Frontierland!
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Animal Kingdom where Animals attack!

Saturday –

Today was Extra Magic Hours at Animal Kingdom and we had planned to be there at rope drop. I was ready – dressed in my shirt from Kenya and DSis in her Asian inspired safari khaki outfit, bottles of water in hand – an hour before EMH at the Old Port Royal bus stop. We had split another breakfast bounty.

Yep. Right on schedule.

Though it looks empty here, when we arrived at the park there was already a good mob of people in front of the three pairs of turnstiles and just as we walked up to the one on the left, the guy opened another lane but only allowed people from certain states to go over. He first called Arizona. No takers. Then Washington and DSis asked if he meant DC – no. But then he called Virginia and we got the first spot. The family behind us was from North Carolina and I stopped listening after that.

I enjoy taking photos of empty parks - just before they let us IN!!!

I was too excited about being the first through a turn stile. Don’t remember doing that before. The cast member at our turnstile was a nice college student and we had a nice chat about her theater studies and experiences with the college program.

I told DSis I was so excited to be the first through that I would probably choke and hold everyone up. And. I did. But once we made it through the turnstiles we were free to walk briskly to Aisa or Africa (we went to Asia). No rope drop ceremony today. DSis was not feeling so well today so I told her to sit in the shade near Yak and Yeti as I went on for the Everest fastpasses.

We then went to Kilimanjaro Safaris on standby which was not much of a line at all – just at the final queue area did we stop.

I had asked if we could have the last row and the guy let us, but DSis got confused when the ride loaded and thought she was supposed to get on with this dad and his two small kids. It was too late though – we were on. She apologized when she realized that maybe the guy just told us to stand there not to get on now. The father was nice about it. There was room for us all and later in the day they would have five in a row so it was really no big deal.

the vehicle we were supposed to be on.

What was a big deal was the crane standing in the middle of our path as soon as we pulled off from the loading station. We had to wait and wait and wait and finally after about 10 minutes a cast member was able to get the cranes away by putting out more food.

killing time

We were worried that they would cut our trip short (shorter than the poachers do) but we got to see the savanna.

this is not the savanna, but it sure is pretty.

We had giraffe very near our vehicle and had a really nice encounter with a cheetah sitting up on a rock about 20 feet from the vehicle. Closest I’ve ever been to their cheetahs. No lions at this hour. But now you can enjoy the fruits of our two week photographic safari...

can you spot the two types of giraffe here?

do these guys ever move?

Okay, so no animals attacked in this post. Well just you wait...
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let's check in with the itinerary

Saturday, June 4 – Animal kingdom and Downtown Disney
Credits: 11QS - 16S

6:30 Breakfast CBR – Market Street 1QS
7:00 bus to Animal Kingdom (AK)
7:45 Oasis exhibits
8:05 Pick up Everest FP
8:10 Ride Kilimanjaro Safaris – standby
8:30 Kusafiri Bakery 2S
9:00 Ride Kali Rapids – standby
9:15 Maharaja Trail
9:30 Visit gorillas at Pangami Trail
10:05 Pick up Kilimanjaro FP
10:30 Ride Everest with FP
11:30 Lunch at Yak and Yeti/Flame Tree 2QS
12:30 Ride Kilimanjaro Safaris with FP
1:00 Shop AK
1:30 Bus back to CBR
2:00 Pool and beach at CBR
5:15 Shower/change for dinner
6:15 Bus to Downtown Disney
7:15 Dinner at Cookes of Ireland 2QS
8:00 Movie at AMC or back to CBR
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More AN-I-MAAAALSSSS (Pronounced like the Muppet "Animal" would)

It was already time (9:05) to pick up our next fastpass so we got ones for the Safari to do it again before we left for the day.

Next a stop in the bird enclosure to watch these Yellow Weavers weaving in and out of their nests.

We then took our time going through the gorilla enclosures and saw the baby playing for a bit before she went up the hill and behind the bushes.

a free-loader in the gorilla enclosure

DSis saw a gerenuk on hind legs for the first time.

By 9:25 I was able to pick up more fastpasses so we went to Everest and got another set of those.

Actually, we had to wait 60 seconds to get the fastpass. And I took the time to look up - the details the Imagineers put into even the little place you pick up fastpasses is incredible.

this makes me happy.

And then we went on the ride – no wait in fastpass 9:25 and I was glad we went in when we did (9:27) because a mob of people were waiting for the cast member to allow 9:30 tickets to get in.

By the time we got out of Everest the park was packed and we were walking against the throngs as we fought the crowds to get away from mega attraction. We apparently inconvenienced some people by stopping to take a picture by one of the parked bikes – people need to relax a little!

stop and pose for a picture people - it's fun!

We went on to the Maharaja Jungle Trek in hopes of seeing more active tigers. No luck – they were hiding in the shade, hugging the walls as they always are for us. It was so hot and humid and we already had all the fastpasses we could have at the time, so we took our time and sat for a minute or two under the banyan trees on a pair of benches opposite some of Anandapur ‘s ancient ruins and murals.

We then headed into the bird free-flight area. As I entered a girl in the group behind me said loudly “I’m scared to go in there. What if one poops on me?” I thought this was a strange thing to worry about. Well…
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These birds are really well fed.

There I am taking photo after photo.

The birds were doing such a great job of posing on their decorative bird houses (clearly food had just been placed out for them).

About half way around the enclosure, I was looking up, taking a photo of a bird on a branch when suddenly I felt a drop of moisture on my forehead.

Wait, it gets worse.

On my lips.

I remained calm. Actually finished taking the photo of the bird on the branch who apparently had a friend on a higher branch.

the sniper

Then turned to DSis to show her what happened. She had Wet Ones in her purse and hand sanitizer and got me all cleaned up.

Unfortunately the birds are really well fed and the one shot had also gotten my camera and my fanny pack. Y.U.C.K! So clearly that girl was right to be concerned! I’m not sure I will spend so much time in the free flight enclosure next time!

All I want now is

but no luck
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More Technical Difficulties - and can this really be good luck?

We next stopped by the Kali Rapids – which was down – TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES– but spent a while watching the gibbons who were really active.

One was jumping up and down on the ropes and they all were vocalizing with various calls and screeches. I just had to video it.

While we waited the couple minutes for our next fastpass (which we planned to be Kali Rapids) we sat in the shade behind the fastpass distribution house and guess what? Well as sisters we like to do everything together and keep things fair.

Clearly the birds at Animal Kingdom must know this as well, because one of the birds dropped some doo on DSis’s shoulder. This time it was my turn to clean up her.

don't worry we got the fastpass
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Expedition Everest! Again!

We then used our second fastpass for Everest and this time DSis left her camera out to take pictures along the trek up the mountain, and down the mountain, and around the mountain, and under the yeti, and back up the mountain, and inside the mountain, and finally back to the station.

On a side note - we have a cousin who has lived in Nepal for ten years or more and he's a travel doctor - works at the travel clinic. Anyway Disney hired him to go with the Imagineers and Steve Corwin for a show on the yeti. We all had to watch this episode of Corwin's show back in the states incase David appeared. And he does - someone injured their hand and the "camp physician" bandages him up. Anyway it was a 60 minute commercial for Expedition Everest and we were all really annoyed. That said. I love this ride.

A side note to the side note. David came to Orlando four years ago when some of our Norwegian 2nd and 3rd cousins came and we had a big family reunion. David reluctantly admitted the Imagineers did a good job replicating the feel of the place, but laughed at the menu options at Yak & Yeti. He also claimed to know just about everyone in the photos in the final queue area.

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Chester and Hester's Din-o-rama Rocks!

We were so far ahead of our itinerary that we decided to head down the highway to Chester and Hester’s .

Regretably I have no photo of the highway, but I do have this final look back at Asia...

The place was so empty and the cast members seemed so bored that it reminded me of the lame movie Adventureland. It was a great time to go (10am - everyone was either in Asia or Africa or at the Nemo or Lion King musicals.)

DSis bought us 6 game vouchers and we first competed against each other in the wuffleball toss.

We did so badly that the CM gave us each two more balls. No help though.

Then we did the mammoth races. It was neck and neck (or tusk and tusk) but DSis eeked out ahead of me and won the stuffed saber tooth tiger.

Next it was my turn to pick and I went for my wack-a –mole. The CM asked if we would like to play against others and I said that I wouldn’t play if little kids came over to play. She looked at me strangely and I told her how the last time I had played this I didn’t know that there was a little kid on the other side. Didn’t know it until I had won and I heard a little kid crying. Hysterically crying. And a dad trying to console his daughter because “that lady won”. I felt like such a jerk and I tried to give the toy to the kid but the father refused. I told the cast member the only person crying this time should be my sister. I beat DSis barely and won a cute crocodile.

I first visited Chester and Hester's five or six years ago on my first visit to Animal Kingdom. I didn't get it. It doesn't seem like Disney to have these cheesy carnival rides and carnival games and ugly plush toys. I'm so glad I spent so many hours on DIS before I came on this trip because I learned the story behind the area. And for your benefit here it is, as I understand it. Chester and Hester had a gas station along a quiet highway where there was nothing but an old fishing lodge.

The gas station is still there!

But then dinosaur bones were found and the place exploded as all these scientists arrived. And with that Chester and Hester turned their gas station into a roadside souvenier stand and amusement park. Just like the ones you used to see all along the highways in every state in our collective memory of yesteryear.

I now love this part of Animal Kingdom!

I love you. Yes I do.

Nemo let out and the place became swamped. We swam upstream and away from Chester and Hesters...
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lunch time!

Next was time for lunch – we had planned to eat early - thinking 11:30 would be before the rush. But by that time Yak & Yeti Local Foods was crowded. No spaces at the few tables (and all were in the blazing sun). We got one sweet and sour chicken and a frozen lemonade and a bottle of water (we had each brought one bottle of water in the park with us, but both had drunk the water by this time).

We then followed our plan of heading over to Flame Tree BBQ. We had read that there is a nice place to sit by the water and that the ribs are a must. I ordered the ½ slab of ribs, grapes (which you can order instead of the beans), the large drink (which was enough for two), and the chocolate mousse (which was pretty tasty actually). I loved the sweet bbq sauce they have at the condiment counter – the spicy version seemed the same as the sweet but with pepper seeds.

There are a lot of different eating sections near Flame Tree and though the one closest the lake was full when we arrived, by the time we got through the line (which was long – they should have fastpasses for counter service), someone was getting up from a table. I always carry Lysol spray when I travel and we were able to clean off the table, which happened to be right next to the lake. We had such a relaxing meal. Honestly the atmosphere gave me the sensation I was back at the lodge in Shimba Hills Nature Reserve in Kenya where I sat with my mom having lunch while watching a Fish Eagle diving for nile perch in the lake – other than the lack of a eagle fishing – the atmosphere was identical.

(I'm going to put the photos on the food trip report)

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