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Old 11-08-2011, 09:13 PM   #16
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Day 3 part 2

So after the Land we hit up The Living Seas. The addition of the Nemo and Friends stuff is so much fun! We explored and wondered at the awesome sea creatures and watched Turtle Talk with Crush and loved every bit of it.
I posed for a "manly" shark photo.

Adriane met an awesome shark expert who showed us all sorts of shark jaws and even let Adriane hold a replica Megaldon tooth!

I could spend all day watching the fish and turtles and dolphins and whatnot but after a bit, we needed to get back into the Florida sunshine. Adriane is a huge fan of everything 80's related so we were on our way to check out Captain EO. On the way she spotted some of her favorite flowers (scarlet begonias?) and I got a cute pic of her in front of the flowerbed.

Adriane shared my opinion of Captain EO in that it was dated even for the 80's!

Epcot is my favorite Disney park. I can wonder around and walk for miles and enjoy the contrast of the world showcase and future world. The F&W festival makes that even better by providing quick and easy food and booze! I will certainly be returning for a future F&W trip some time in the not too distant future. Adriane was able to have several of her FAVORITE beers and also got to try a bunch of beverages that she had not had before. F&W ROCKS!

I am more of a bourbon/whiskey type of guy but I even got into the beer mood a couple a times during the trip. VIVA CANTINA!

For anyone who has not given the Kimpossible adventures a chance - YOU HAVE TO TRY IT! It was very fun for us to share a few drinks and save the world with our "Kimmunicator". Adriane is such a kid at heart and she really got into it and was always surprised with how the World Showcase could respond to finding the next clue (notice the beer is empty and the jalapeno margarita is getting close!).

Once we made sure that the world was safe, we ditched the Kimmunicator and snapped a few more fun World Showcase photos.

Adriane loves vikings and pirates!

Hit me with a funky beat!

At this point in the evening we were pretty well liquored up and were excited to watch good ol' Sugar Ray at the Eat to the Beat concert. So we cruised on over and listened to a song or two. It was great fun and the whole band was super cool and friendly with the crowd. We continued our drinking and wondering around and I ended up doing yoga poses in one of the Epcot fountains (I have no idea how that got started).

Once we had our fill and our feet had enough punishment, we headed back to the boardwalk. I was hungry enough to stop by one of the fast food spots and ordered an enormous amount of fried awesomeness - wings - french fries - onion rings - etc. We took this amazing feast back to the room and looked at all the fun photos we took during the day.

We were having the time of our lives. Adriane was still interested in all my Disney trivia and we were both clearly enjoying each other's company even more as our vacation continued.

More to come with Day 4 where we have a blast at DHS and get DRENCHED on our way to dinner

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Old 11-17-2011, 12:27 PM   #17
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I really need to find that guy at the the Living Seas, I had no idea they had a shark expert there.

Really enjoying your TR!
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Old 11-19-2011, 07:40 PM   #18
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I really need to find that guy at the the Living Seas, I had no idea they had a shark expert there.

Really enjoying your TR!
Thanks for chiming in! That shark expert guy was super cool. We had fun chatting and checking out all the Jaws he had on display. Here is another pic of his set up!
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Old 11-19-2011, 08:17 PM   #19
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Day 4

On day 4 we started at DHS. Adriane and I headed first to the new Star Tours and I thought it was pretty fantastic. The combination of 3D and flight simulator made Adriane a bit queezy... We went to get fast passes for Toy Story Midway Mania and while standing in line for them, they ran out! We never got a chance to hit that ride on this trip.

So we wandered over to One Man's Dream and enjoyed the exhibit and movie. Adriane ended up getting a bit sick after the show (still from the Star Tours queasiness) but felt better after that.

She was still in good spirits and spotted a character meet and greet for Monster's Inc.


From there we went to Muppet vision 3D. Adriane is a big time Muppet fan (we can't wait to see the new movie!) and absolutely loved this show. We talked about how this fountain should occasionally go out of control (like most Muppet contraptions do) and the Miss Piggy should spin super fast and shoot the water all over the place. I think that would be hilarious!


Another ride we missed was the Rockin Roller coaster. I have a decent list of things that we will hit FIRST on our next trip. lol! We did not miss the Tower of Terror. On that ride I learned that Adriane is such a thrill ride screamer! I could not stop laughing it was so funny! We are talking about full volume - I think I might die - crazy woman screaming. HILARIOUS.


After DHS it was time to get ready for our fun dinner at 'Ohana. We got on a bus to the Magic Kingdom so that we could monorail over the the Poly.

While on the bus a torrential downpour started! The short walk from the bus stop to the monorail left us COMPLETELY DRENCHED!

We might have been soaking wet and a bit chilly but it did nothing to dampen our spirits. We handled it as just another crazy adventure at Disney. Dinner was wonderful and I ate way too much. By the time we left, the rain had stopped and on the way back to the bus stop I noticed that the Grand One yacht was docked at the MK boat dock.

I will do a dinner on that thing one of these days! Who is coming with me!?!?

Once we returned to our room we relaxed in the Jacuzzi tub and enjoyed a few of our favorite beverages. It was another amazing day.

On Day 5 I start the day introducing Adriane to the Animal Kingdom and end the day with a (very) romantic dinner!
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Old 11-21-2011, 01:25 PM   #20
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I thought the new star tours was great, better then the old one. Youir idea of the crazy fountain is great, it would be awesome to get people unexpectedly. We got caught in that crazy rain one night when we were there as well but we couldn't stay at the crystal palace that night because the ac was cranked up and being all wet it was just way to cold....kindy crappy but things happen
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Old 01-24-2012, 08:56 AM   #21
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M U S T F I N I S H T R I P R E P O R T!!!!

I can't put it off any longer - tonight I finish the trip report!
(Putting goals in writing helps!)
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Old 01-24-2012, 07:31 PM   #22
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awesome man......have been waiting a long time to here all about your TR
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Day 5 !

On day 5 we did an unusual early wake up (not really that early) and headed straight to the bus stop so that I could introduce Adriane to the Animal Kingdom!
On the way there I discovered tiny hobbit sized chairs (giant sofa pic to follow).

I also had to point out where the gym was (gotta love the muscles and bustles name!).


We did not have to wait long for the bus and we were on our way. Once we arrived, Adriane and I explored the Oasis area and realized that we were on vacation and had not had a vacation beverage yet that day! So off to Yak and Yeti we went.

This place has the BEST fried green beans ever! If you have not had a chance to sample them - you are missing out.

From Yak and Yeti we stumbled over to the maharajah jungle trek to say hello to some animals. We visited the Komodo dragon, saw some tigers, and hung out with a few bats. Here is a pic of Adriane trying for a better view of a young tiger.


I really dig the ruined palace theme they have going in this area. I also really like that they have random bicycles used for decoration.


More AK fun and a romantic dinner to follow!
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Great to see you back on here
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Adriane is currently working on a scrap book from this trip. I have to finish the trip report BEFORE she finishes the scrap book!

I will probably post a few photos of her handy work - she is way better at that stuff than I am!
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Adrian'e scrapbook is coming along and it looks awesome!

I am going to try and finish this trip report tomorrow...
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Old 10-02-2012, 07:07 PM   #28
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Finally! I am going to finish this trip report! It is almost a year since we returned and only 432 days until the next trip. Ouch...
432 is way too many days to wait!

In any event - on with the trip report!


I have a ton of photo op traditions. One of them at the Animal Kingdom includes a photo in front of the blue bus. This time I got Adriane to join me for the photo.



Of all the rides in AK, I can never seem to get anyone to ride Kali River Rapids with me. Adriane is no wimp, so she braved the white water and we both came out mostly dry. The poor woman who was escorting all the teenagers who were on the ride with us did not fare so well. She got completely soaked! Here is a mostly dry - post ride photo of Adriane.


After KRR, Adriane had a blast taking photos of all the animals on Kilimanjaro Safaris.

As per usual, I spent the whole ride taking photos of us!


I had a big evening planned, so we headed back to the boardwalk a bit early. I had planned ahead to hit up AK on this day as it closes early anyhow.
Adriane had no idea what was planned for dinner, except that she needed to wear something nice. So we went back to the room and got cleaned up and headed for the Contemporary resort.
When we arrived, we checked in at the California Grille host stand and were escorted upstairs. When we were seated at our dinner table we were surprised to see that our table had been covered with Mickey confetti!

It was a very nice touch!

Being the dork that I am, I had a little fun with the confetti.


Adriane LOVES tomatoes and had this wonderful salad. I had some sushi and loved every bite (we also ate other items but it was a year ago and I can't recall everything!).


After dinner I took Adriane to the observation deck where we watched the MK fireworks. The show was impressive and she was almost overwhelmed. It was an amazing time and I think she was fairly swept off her feet!
When we returned to the boardwalk after the super romantic dinner, Adriane discovered a GIANT sofa to go with the hobbit sized chairs we found earlier. This resort has everything!


MORE to come! I am finishing this report tonight!

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Old 10-02-2012, 08:06 PM   #29
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Our final full day.

We started the day doing a little bit of laundry. A washer and dryer in the room was one of those DVC accommodations that I never really thought I would use. However, it was AWESOME to have on this trip! It made a big difference. Once the super fun and extra exciting laundry was done, we hit up ESPN zone (the french fries are great!).


After ESPN Adriane hit up some craft beers!


Adriane then had to (attempt to) compete with my yoga fountain pose from earlier in this thread...

I think I won that contest!

Then at the China pavilion, Adriane asked me to try on a few of the hats they had for sale. I HATED THE FIRST ONE.

- but the second one was pretty cool!

Yeah, the second one was much better.

After that we ate at the new fast food joint in Mexico and we LOVED the street tacos that they had. Adriane will not stop talking about them even now! I don't think we did much of anything substantial other than explore and enjoy vacation together... I did have another great surprise planned for this night! So once again, we got all cleaned up for dinner and headed out.
This night was at La Hacienda with a table up against the windows of the world showcase lagoon!
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Dinner was great. Our seats gave us great views of illuminations. It was a magical night. Adriane was super impressed!


After dinner we headed back to the room to get one last magical night's sleep before getting ready to head back to the real world.

On our last morning we decided to use our proximity to the world showcase to enjoy just a little bit more of the F&W fest. We sampled a bit of Morocco...


Adriane played around a bit in Italy and took a tour of the flowers and sculptures.

It is a family website right?!?


After that last round of Epcot fun, we were off to the magical express to head home... It has been well over a year since this last trip and today marks 363 days until the next one! I am sure to start a pre-trip report soon!
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