Disney Information Station Logo

Go Back   The DIS Discussion Forums - DISboards.com > Disney Trip Planning Forums > Disney Trip Reports > Completed Trip Reports
Find Hotel Specials & DIScounts
 
facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS UpdatesDIS email updates
Register Chat FAQ Tickers Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read





 
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 07-02-2011, 12:02 PM   #76
annmarieda
DIS Veteran
 
annmarieda's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Washington State
Posts: 8,471

Very cool that the cm called over to star tours for you all. The pics are awesome..all those characters!
annmarieda is offline  
Old 07-02-2011, 04:07 PM   #77
kwitcherkicken99
Sleep keeps me pretty. CAFFEINE keeps me NICE!
This vicarious living is wonderful!
I'll take getting my feet up all the way
 
kwitcherkicken99's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Indiana
Posts: 9,013

Melissa, I'm pounding through the trip because my schedule turns nutty in t-minus 5 days. I've actually written ALL of it except our last 2 days of the trip (EP and the drive home).

I didn't want to get into a pickle and not finish our trip!

4-H is picking up and we start school on August 11. It's all coming up fast!

Ann, we've had great luck with the CMs. We all think it helped that Norma was 100% honest with them about our mess up. We also made sure to go back and RE-thank them after the ride was over.
kwitcherkicken99 is offline  
|
The DIS
Register to remove

Join Date: 1997
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 1,000,000
Old 07-02-2011, 06:58 PM   #78
TarzansKat
I may be TarzansKat, but I love Captain Jack!
Wow. It's still getting pretty hot around here
 
TarzansKat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: The Black Pearl
Posts: 12,728

You hit the jackpot for characters in the Animation Academy! I was told by a CM (you probably already know this) that sometimes when Fantasmic is showing there's more unusual characters in there, and that seems to have been the case for your trip. Awesome!

And thank goodness for no puking. Yikes!
TarzansKat is offline  
Old 07-02-2011, 07:29 PM   #79
DISNEYaddict4evr
Now some person I don't even know reminds me there's no eating, drinking, smoking, or flash photography allowed in my dream.
 
DISNEYaddict4evr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Rapid City, South Dakota
Posts: 682

So I'm not gonna lie, having heard about teh trip through teh phone and having such quick updates is leaving me.. well speechless I know.. right!

I get what you ask and I don't appreciate, or I do I am just running out of ways to saw AWESOME and LOVIN' IT


keep it coming
DISNEYaddict4evr is offline  
Old 07-02-2011, 10:30 PM   #80
Caretames1
Mom & Crazed Planner
 
Caretames1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Central Wisconsin
Posts: 3,351

Love all the characterpolza pics! We did that and it was a nice break to just relax and wait to see everyone.
So the new Star Wars ride makes a person dizzy Huh? Good to know my DH & I get motion sickenss pretty easily.
__________________
2014, A Disney Free Year
IN PROGRESS: SURPRISE...You forgot WHAT!?!http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3022868
SURPRISE! Can we do it again? Nov 2012 PTR http://www.disboards.com/showthread....8#post44413308
Wake Up! SURPRISE, We're going to Disney World....TODAY Sept 2011 TRhttp://www.disboards.com/showthread....9#post42811539
"Momma, I got to dance with Flynn Ryder!" Our January 2011 TR.http://www.disboards.com/showthread....1#post39775931
First Ever Trip to Disney World 1/23/2009 (POR) 6 days
Back to Disney World 1/21/2011 (POR) 10 days

Shhh! Suprise MNSSHP Trip 9/21/2011 (POP) 5 days
Surprise...AGAIN! 11/1/12 (AoA) 11 days
ME: Carey DH: John DD: Kadence (10) DD: Samantha (20)
Caretames1 is offline  
Old 07-03-2011, 02:05 AM   #81
daisyyy
MOUSKETEERNow THAT sounds like a plan!.... send in the ferrets!
 
daisyyy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 1,177

Just saying Hi!

I want to catch up and read the whole thing... but I haven't had the chance.. I know there will be a ton of pictures which I LOVE to look at.. and your kids are adorable too.
__________________
ME DH DD (16) DD (15) DS (10) DS (6) & &


No DISNEYticker at the moment



daisyyy is offline  
Old 07-03-2011, 09:58 PM   #82
mom2rtk
DIS Veteran
 
mom2rtk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 29,378

Hey Jenn! I'm so glad you remembered about Characterpalooza! Lovin' the shots......... Chip and Dale fighting with the pens is adorable.

And of course you know I'm loving your son in his P/F costume (can you believe I don't know them apart???????) And how funny that he looked like Smee too!

The kids are ALL just as cute as can be. I'm not sure if I can keep reading. It's making MY kids look so old.....The boys were 4 and 6 when we took them to Disney for the first time..... one whole day in the Magic Kingdom. Can you believe I only took ONE roll of film that day????? My how times have changed.......

So let me get this straight.... you don't do motion simulator rides...... but you WILL do ToT???????? That's the one ride I just don't care to do again. I've done it twice now. That's a fair chance, right??????

You better get cracking...... sounds like life is ready to explode again for you......

Have a safe and happy 4th!
mom2rtk is offline  
Old 07-04-2011, 08:03 AM   #83
jenseib
Mommy to Claire
 
jenseib's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Ohio
Posts: 26,233

Great character shots. I hope to get there some day too. I know fantasmic is playing every day whe nI am there this summer, so my guess is there will be no character palooza then
jenseib is offline  
Old 07-04-2011, 08:46 AM   #84
mom2rtk
DIS Veteran
 
mom2rtk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 29,378

Quote:
Originally Posted by jenseib View Post
Great character shots. I hope to get there some day too. I know fantasmic is playing every day whe nI am there this summer, so my guess is there will be no character palooza then
Jen,

Here is the info I pulled out of another thread. It really messed with my schedule the week we want to go. Since it's December all the Fantasmic showings are at 6:30, so definitely no Characterpalooza those days. I don't know when it shows when you're there, but since it's summer and gets dark later, I bet you'll be fine:



Originally Posted by mymouse
Here is the schedule that was posted before on the dis-

The studios unofficial schedule which seems dead on accurate is posted here, for the first time on DIS I think-thanks to RAXIP:

The are no characters if the first Fant! starts before 7:30pm.
When the first show is at:
7:30- one 20min set at 4:45
8:00- three 20min sets starting at 4:50
8:30- two 30min sets
9:00- four 25min sets (two groups w/ two sets each)
When there is no Fant! there will be four 30min sets starting at 4:50pm
mom2rtk is offline  
Old 07-04-2011, 08:57 AM   #85
jenseib
Mommy to Claire
 
jenseib's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Ohio
Posts: 26,233

Quote:
Originally Posted by mom2rtk View Post
Jen,

Here is the info I pulled out of another thread. It really messed with my schedule the week we want to go. Since it's December all the Fantasmic showings are at 6:30, so definitely no Characterpalooza those days. I don't know when it shows when you're there, but since it's summer and gets dark later, I bet you'll be fine:



Originally Posted by mymouse
Here is the schedule that was posted before on the dis-

The studios unofficial schedule which seems dead on accurate is posted here, for the first time on DIS I think-thanks to RAXIP:

The are no characters if the first Fant! starts before 7:30pm.
When the first show is at:
7:30- one 20min set at 4:45
8:00- three 20min sets starting at 4:50
8:30- two 30min sets
9:00- four 25min sets (two groups w/ two sets each)
When there is no Fant! there will be four 30min sets starting at 4:50pm
I think it's at 9 PM each night
jenseib is offline  
Old 07-04-2011, 10:05 AM   #86
DISNEYaddict4evr
Now some person I don't even know reminds me there's no eating, drinking, smoking, or flash photography allowed in my dream.
 
DISNEYaddict4evr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Rapid City, South Dakota
Posts: 682

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!!!
DISNEYaddict4evr is offline  
Old 07-04-2011, 04:01 PM   #87
kwitcherkicken99
Sleep keeps me pretty. CAFFEINE keeps me NICE!
This vicarious living is wonderful!
I'll take getting my feet up all the way
 
kwitcherkicken99's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Indiana
Posts: 9,013

This is actually take two... I had a lovely response ALL TYPED OUT and the daggone dial-up ate it...

Quote:
Originally Posted by TarzansKat View Post
You hit the jackpot for characters in the Animation Academy! I was told by a CM (you probably already know this) that sometimes when Fantasmic is showing there's more unusual characters in there, and that seems to have been the case for your trip. Awesome!
I'd love to catch more of the rare characters! I think E would faint if we caught Max! I consider us extremely lucky to have met the Witch Hag last fall, so I think all my luck was spent then.

Quote:
Originally Posted by DISNEYaddict4evr View Post
So I'm not gonna lie, having heard about teh trip through teh phone and having such quick updates is leaving me.. well speechless I know.. right!

I get what you ask and I don't appreciate, or I do I am just running out of ways to saw AWESOME and LOVIN' IT


keep it coming


Quote:
Originally Posted by Caretames1 View Post
Love all the characterpolza pics! We did that and it was a nice break to just relax and wait to see everyone.
So the new Star Wars ride makes a person dizzy Huh? Good to know my DH & I get motion sickenss pretty easily.
I have found that I'm really sensitive to the simulator rides. There are even parts of Soarin' that start to get me and I know where they are so I know when to look away.

I guess with Star Tours that there are parts of pod races that are real doozies, so yeah... looks like it's definitely out. Star Tours at DLR put me down for at least an hour. It was not pretty!

Quote:
Originally Posted by daisyyy View Post
Just saying Hi!

I want to catch up and read the whole thing... but I haven't had the chance.. I know there will be a ton of pictures which I LOVE to look at.. and your kids are adorable too.
Thanks! :

Quote:
Originally Posted by mom2rtk View Post
Hey Jenn! I'm so glad you remembered about Characterpalooza! Lovin' the shots......... Chip and Dale fighting with the pens is adorable.

And of course you know I'm loving your son in his P/F costume (can you believe I don't know them apart???????) And how funny that he looked like Smee too!

The kids are ALL just as cute as can be. I'm not sure if I can keep reading. It's making MY kids look so old.....The boys were 4 and 6 when we took them to Disney for the first time..... one whole day in the Magic Kingdom. Can you believe I only took ONE roll of film that day????? My how times have changed.......

So let me get this straight.... you don't do motion simulator rides...... but you WILL do ToT???????? That's the one ride I just don't care to do again. I've done it twice now. That's a fair chance, right??????

You better get cracking...... sounds like life is ready to explode again for you......

Have a safe and happy 4th!
The boy's heads loosely resemble the first letter of their first names.

I know I'll be there with you in a few years, looking back over these photos and reminiscing over the past. I just hope that when it comes that time, they still appreciate the parks!

ToT doesn't bother me. It's simulators and spinners. Any coaster that has a really tight turn (kind of like a screw) get me too. They really throw my brain off.

Quote:
Originally Posted by jenseib View Post
Great character shots. I hope to get there some day too. I know fantasmic is playing every day whe nI am there this summer, so my guess is there will be no character palooza then
I've been waiting for the reports from the summer, but I've not seen anything yet.

It looks like Janet found one though! If there's a character around, I bet'cha we'll find them!
kwitcherkicken99 is offline  
Old 07-04-2011, 04:06 PM   #88
kwitcherkicken99
Sleep keeps me pretty. CAFFEINE keeps me NICE!
This vicarious living is wonderful!
I'll take getting my feet up all the way
 
kwitcherkicken99's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Indiana
Posts: 9,013

HAPPY
INDEPENDENCE
DAY!


To all our troops serving, discharged, or retired and to the families that support their efforts. To all those that we have lost when they made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom,

THANK YOU

for all that you do!
kwitcherkicken99 is offline  
Old 07-04-2011, 04:11 PM   #89
kwitcherkicken99
Sleep keeps me pretty. CAFFEINE keeps me NICE!
This vicarious living is wonderful!
I'll take getting my feet up all the way
 
kwitcherkicken99's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Indiana
Posts: 9,013

Day 4 – AK and learning Disney’s best kept secret

Our aim was to get to AK early to make the most of our day. Once we crossed through the gates, we were greeted by little plexiglass boxes full of bugs, and some of the bug’s keeper to educate anyone who care to listen about their little friends. The boys ran from box to box while Norma grabbed an EVC and a new GAC since the one we had yesterday was only good for yesterday.


After Norma got hers, I went to get one as well.

Quote:
For those of you who have not been following my December 2011 PTR, I have been having major knee issues. Extreme swelling, lots of pain, and the inability to trust that it won’t slip out of place (great instability). In short, I’ve had trouble with stairs (unable to climb them) and the ability to stand for long periods of time. I saw a orthopedic specialist the week after our trip and the diagnosis is that I WILL need a full knee replacement in the future. I have bone spurs in the knee joint, arthritis, my meniscus is completely screwed (not torn, but severely deteriorated), and I have the beginning of a Baker’s cyst – as Baker’s cysts grow, they cause pain and the presence of one is an indication that a knee joint is on its way out.


My biggest piece of advice here… DO NOT REQUEST A GAC AT AK…

The CMs in Guest Relations didn’t want to give me one at all. They told me that the lines were mainstreamed (I despise that word…) and I should utilize FP when possible. They did the same to Norma. She has a severely displaced hip. Long distances, inclines, and stairs are pretty much a no-no for her. Now, I’m sure you are asking why did we need 2 GAC passes? Let me share our reasoning behind it.

1) the max 1 GAC can accommodate is 6 people. There were 9 in our party and we didn’t want to be “that guy” that tried to sneak in extra people

2) we both needed accommodations

3) we wouldn’t always being doing the same thing.

Long story short, this was not an acceptable solution. The GAC they did give me didn’t do anything to help me out. I left the park that day in the most pain I have been in since I had my kids.

That’s all I’m going to say about that.

Since our group had momentarily split [again] we chose the Tree of Life for the rendezvous point. We had some group shots taken to utilize our Photopass use. Again, we haven’t received our disc yet, so you will eventually see that my kids really don’t like other people taking their picture…

Our first attraction of the day was Kilimanjaro Safari. I have done KS in the later afternoon and after the rain – this was my first go at the most recommended time of the day!


I love the safari. I think it’s an amazing feat to put together that type of an exhibit. Today was little different. We have always ridden in the front of the truck. This go we were in the middle. I never realized how bumpy the middle is! Therefore, a good chunk of my photos were blurry, despite my best effort to keep my shutter speed high. This trip was the FIRST time that we’ve ever seen the giraffes up close. Usually they are back in the trees when we’ve gone before! We didn’t see many of the Tommys or the cattle and we only caught 1 lion. We did get a peek of an ostrich, but it was in the back of the exhibit as well.


My favorite part of safari is the hippo section.


Now, one thing that I DID notice new on this trip is the number of buildings that I never saw before.


Am I thick or did these just pop up?

Anyway… after leaving our adventure on the Harambe Wildlife Reserve, one of my favorite things about AK is the theming. You cannot beat the detail they put into this park.


I snapped these while the kids made masks just outside the path out of KS. This is also where we discovered Disney’s other best kept secret.




I turned the mask over to tie the elastic strap on the back. I noticed a little manufacturer label on it. It said Oriental Trading. I just about fell over and started laughing. Disney’s best kept secret!!!
kwitcherkicken99 is offline  
Old 07-04-2011, 08:25 PM   #90
DISNEYaddict4evr
Now some person I don't even know reminds me there's no eating, drinking, smoking, or flash photography allowed in my dream.
 
DISNEYaddict4evr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Rapid City, South Dakota
Posts: 682

I didn't know your knee was that bad, what about december? Am I going to have to push you around again and get to go in the handicap line and stay on rides I'm not sure if I can handle doing that again

As per the building those are where the Safari Trek people partake in lunch after their "safari."
DISNEYaddict4evr is offline  
 



Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

facebooktwitterpinterestgoogle plusyoutubeDIS Updates
GET OUR DIS UPDATES DELIVERED BY EMAIL



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:49 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Copyright © 1997-2014, Werner Technologies, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

You Rated this Thread: