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Old 01-24-2012, 12:15 PM   #1006
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I've waited in that TSM FP line before. It's hit or miss. Sometimes it doesn't take that long to get through and then other times it goes really quickly. But I think it's worth it if you can get early(ish) FPs.

Love all of your pictures. If people were grumbling because you were slowly taking pictures, let them grumble. We move too quickly in this society. Slow down people!
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Nice job getting so much done right away! I appreciate the TOT pictures, because I will NEVER ride it. I may go through the line just to see it and go out the chicken exit if I have time someday.

The picture of Nick looking at you is adorable! Congrats to him on being chosen Captain!!
Oh, How could they pass on Starring Rolls??? Are they unaware of the cupcakes? I'd go just for that!
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Old 01-24-2012, 01:18 PM   #1008
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You sure got a lot done on day 1 Mary Ellen!

Lol you are not the only one to get in the wrong queue at the turnstiles - it happened quite a bit on our trip as well!

Wow at how far back the TSM line was - crazy!! I'm glad you got to ride Star Tours and love the ToT photos - brings back great memories :
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Old 01-24-2012, 01:21 PM   #1009
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Very accomplished first day indeed!!

I too was very impressed with the efficiency of the CM's at TSM. It definitely helped!!

I also tend to pick the longest line possible! The one with the kids I didn't see or the people who don't understand how to put their card in. Everyone else it seemed throughout the trip were on the other side of the gate in the park and I was still in line. Oh well! At least I know now I'm not the only one!

Mmm, we actually did try Starring Rolls this time for lunch. I hope you got to have it too!
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Old 01-24-2012, 01:41 PM   #1010
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I felt like I should do a quick "life" update since I haven't had time to do a real update.

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I also made a new "2012" cover to my Disney travel book. These pictures stink, but you get the idea.

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YAY for meeting fellow DE Dis'ers looks like you all had fun!

Congrats for Nick - Captain! yay!

How nice to be able to decorate your new home away from home. I like your pics, but of course am partial to this print myself
though its interesting ..... we have the statue of the same, and do you know what is missing on the police officer's uniform?

So do you just make one travel book per year and put all of your assorted trips and mini trips in it? I was cleaning the office over the weekend and debated to keep or not to keep past years' trip planning binder. I kept them. they are good references! and a fun tie in to the pictures etc from afterwards.

WOW you got a lot done on your first day and a half! I will have to remember to send Joe & Colin over to star tours first thing -- they won't have patience to wait for TSM FP's, and I don't have the stomach for riding simulators. they are far worse than actual roller coasters for me. thanks for the tip!

TOT -- if you see me, you will have an easy target of picking out the screamer i think its half the fun of riding a crazy ride! but funny laughter filled screams, not usually horrified terror screams



BTW - the police office is missing a gun. he has a holster on his gun belt, but no weapon. interesting.

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Old 01-24-2012, 01:51 PM   #1011
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I forgot to say CONGRATS, NICK!
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Old 01-24-2012, 01:52 PM   #1012
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Love the update. ToT is one of my favorites! I wasn't able to go this time because that Star Tours made me quite dizzy. I was not pleased. I think it was because we did it two times in a row, but I wasn't able to to either ToT or RRC.

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Old 01-24-2012, 02:26 PM   #1013
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yay, I could finally catch up on your TR now that the boards are moving at a regular speed for me today. They were so slow for me for a while there.

I find it funny what the security person told you when you said you were eating at B&C. I am suprised they weren't stricter with the parking considering it was the holidays.

I can't wait to ride Star Tours! I can't believe that the TSM stampede is still that bad. I would have thought that the hysteria would have died down by now. We have been at that point in the FP line many times. Usually I have my husband run ahead while I walk a litle slower with the stroller. And I still usually have the stroller parked and am waiting at the standby entrance before he is done with that line. We wouldn't do the FP at all if it weren't for the fact that we know our little girl likes to ride it again and again.

Love how you have decorated your office. I don't have an office to decorate so the only Disney touch I can get away with is my Disney tees and using my refillable mug at work.
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Old 01-24-2012, 03:13 PM   #1014
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LOVE all of your TOT pictures!! I absolutely love that ride

So many Disers in October!! I am currently booked at Kidani....will likely try to switch out at 7 months but if I don't that is fine with me....it's been about 3 stays since I have last been there and am kind of missing home And I guess it depends on who comes with me...

Fun meet at Friendly's.....we have one right down the street from my work

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Old 01-24-2012, 03:38 PM   #1015
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Great morning!!!! But UGH on that TSM line. Major Bleh. My crew isn't wild about lunch at Starring Rolls either, although I found it rather good. Breakfast though, now that's another story.

Congrats to Nick, that is VERY exciting. And it is nice to see a Mary Ellen smiling picture in there!

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I've only been to Narcoossee's (which I still can't spell) so I would still like to try Citricos and the GF Cafe. Plus tea. I do think I want to try tea, especially if we do stay at VWL. We can do the monorail rounds one afternoon. Maybe even do tea and then pool hop to the Poly, which is one of my favorite activities.
The tea is fun, I'd be up for that!
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Old 01-24-2012, 06:56 PM   #1016
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That TSM FP line is ridiculous! I'm glad to know it moves quickly once it gets going, maybe I'll give it a try sometime! I can just never really be bothered, it always seems too annoying!

Wow your ToT pictures are fantastic! Next time I'll have to do what you did, focus on little details instead of trying to get the whole room, or the whole queue!
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Old 01-24-2012, 07:57 PM   #1017
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I saw it on his thread also, but I'm so glad that you got to meet Captain Oblivious and his family.

Yeah, unfortunately that's the standard distance for the TSM fastpass line in the summertime when you just miss rope drop....which is what we always seem to do.

I always feel rushed going through the ToT queue also, when trying to get pictures.

I've never seen those ears in the ToT dump shop...way cool!
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Old 01-24-2012, 09:09 PM   #1018
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I'm pretty happy with how Day 1 went. We weren't quite as commando on Day 2, which you will notice soon enough.

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I have never seen the line that long for FP's for TOT...that is just crazy.
One of the many advantages to traveling in September. I guess it gets worse at the holidays because EVERYONE wants to ride it.

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You do look rather "bored" in your TOT picture.
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How could the men not want to go to Starring Rolls for lunch? It is so good and the cupcakes are heavenly.
I don't think they understood what they were missing. Plus Nick declared that he wanted a "burger" No burgers there I'm afraid.

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I've waited in that TSM FP line before. It's hit or miss. Sometimes it doesn't take that long to get through and then other times it goes really quickly. But I think it's worth it if you can get early(ish) FPs.
It's definitely worth it to get those FP's and that's the only reason I could tolerate it. I forgot to mention that they were only letting one person in line for each group. Everybody else had to go wait somewhere else.

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Love all of your pictures. If people were grumbling because you were slowly taking pictures, let them grumble. We move too quickly in this society. Slow down people!
I'm not sure if it was as much grumbling as it was having something right on your heal breathing down your neck. Personal space people.
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Nice job getting so much done right away! I appreciate the TOT pictures, because I will NEVER ride it. I may go through the line just to see it and go out the chicken exit if I have time someday.
ToT has a great queue. It is totally worth seeing. I think it has one of the best queues because its so eery. Nothing wrong with going out the chicken exit IMHO!

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The picture of Nick looking at you is adorable! Congrats to him on being chosen Captain!!
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Oh, How could they pass on Starring Rolls??? Are they unaware of the cupcakes? I'd go just for that!
I don't know. I was a little bummed because I know it was the perfect weather to sit outside and eat. I was really trying to do what Nick wanted to do and since he was thinking burger when lunch time rolled around we went that route.

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You sure got a lot done on day 1 Mary Ellen!

I was pretty pleased with how much we got done on Day 1. It was a good day!

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Lol you are not the only one to get in the wrong queue at the turnstiles - it happened quite a bit on our trip as well!

I am glad I'm not the only one. I joke with myself that I should try the longest looking line and maybe it would actually go fast.

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Very accomplished first day indeed!!
Thanks! It was a great start!

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I too was very impressed with the efficiency of the CM's at TSM. It definitely helped!!
I agree. They were wonderful. They really kept things moving along and I appreciated that. It really did help.

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I also tend to pick the longest line possible! The one with the kids I didn't see or the people who don't understand how to put their card in. Everyone else it seemed throughout the trip were on the other side of the gate in the park and I was still in line. Oh well! At least I know now I'm not the only one!
You too? Those hidden kids are a nuisance, aren't they? I even study people to see if they look competent to put their pass in, but I still get stuck in the long line!

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Mmm, we actually did try Starring Rolls this time for lunch. I hope you got to have it too!
Did you like it? We didn't eat there and I was a little bummed about that. Oh well, maybe next time!
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I am going to finish replies tomorrow.

Night guys!
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