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Old 01-20-2012, 07:38 PM   #61
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OMG you have an EOS in your airport??? So jealous. I would probably schedule my flights around when it's open if it was in my airport.

Your pastries look really good! I'm not one for sharing either, especially in the morning. I mean, I will. But I'm not happy about it!

Glad you finally made it to MCO, with you ME documents!
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Old 01-21-2012, 11:58 AM   #62
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Love all the pictures. And, as for Community...why don't I get it? I love 30 Rock? What am I missing? :

And wow...a chocolate croissant before you're even on the plane...IMPRESSIVE!

I'm also a big fan of the super early morning flight. Means almost a full day in Disney!
I know a few people that aren't big fans of Community either, it has a ton of jokes within itself, so you're definitely missing things if you pick it up in the middle. I like 30 Rock, but I never remember to watch it lol.

Hahahaha I get moving on my vacation treats right away!

Absolutely, we ALWAYS take the first flight out to maximize our Disney time!

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I laughed when Wingnut had to go get his own breakfast. Most of the fights DH and I have involve me getting mad about sharing food!

JetBlue chips... the first time I flew with them, I thought the flight attendant was offering us "Terrible Chips" Then I read the bag... ohh.... Terra BLUE chips. That makes more sense.
Hahaha I DID offer... Especially on a flight, I always feel like I have to have plenty of food nearby. No idea why!

I will admit, I don't think the chips are anything amazing, but they certainly aren't terrible! (And even though I don't really like them that much, I have to get them every time!)

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It's actually a lot like Trivial Pursuit, only I haven't read all the cards yet. And you can pick (sort of) your category. We have a different trivia game where you bet on other people's answers to earn "money" and the question was 'What year did Magic Kingdom open?' and no one bet on my answer. Like I wouldn't know that one!

Mmmm, pastries. Au Bon Pain is my traditional airport stop because of their Wall of Baked Goods.

We saw the first season of Community and then stopped for some reason (maybe we got rid of cable?). I love Troy and Abed (in the Morning ). And the Claymation Christmas episode! We keep meaning to catch up (and I guess it's easier now since it's "on break") but haven't gotten there yet!

YAY ME DOCUMENTS!!
Hahahaha now I know not to play a board game with you, with you studying beforehand!! That is kind of disappointing no one bet on your MK answer though!

Oh Au Bon Pain. The wall of pastries. The heavenly scent of flaky pastry. I love it. .

Community is on NBC, so you should still be able to watch it! Troy and Abed in the Morning! ("You know there's no cameras, right?")

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Great start and two thumbs up on the chocolate croissant. I think they taste better as Disney snack credits, though. Can't wait to read more !!!
Anything tastes better as a snack credit!! (These weren't too bad, but definitely not like the ones from Boardwalk Bakery!)

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I was cracking up when I read the "hunger grumpies"...I get those, too! I actually said to my boyfriend once, "I get really hostile when I'm hungry" and he said, "ya think?"

Logan Airport has an EoS, too, but Logan is like a city in itself, so I'd never find it. There's allegedly one opening IN Boston, though...not so patiently waiting for that!

I love the early morning flights! It's like almost an extra Disney day!
I'm exactly the same way!! It's bad sometimes, but you just can't help it when you need food!

That'd be awesome if one opened in Boston! I wish there was one closer to us that didn't require an airline ticket to reach!

It is! We always take the early morning flights! They're totally worth getting up early for!
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Old 01-21-2012, 12:05 PM   #63
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And you're off!

I don't envy your early morning flight... especially since I will be doing the same darn thing (in just 16 days!!!). However, the crazy-early flight is best choice for making the most of each Disney day, isn't it?

Hunger grumpies--that is the best description ever!
Oh I love the early morning flight!! I think that they're great! And getting that extra time at Disney is awesome too!

Hahaha it makes them sound deceptively cute, as opposed to me becoming a horrible monster when I haven't eaten!

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Chocolate croissant? Delish! One of my fave breakfast pastries.

I love flying on Jet Blue! Especially because they are willing to fork over more than one snack to you if you ask.

Love that I see your D&B bag in the background.

Hunger grumpies....nice, I get those too. Only I tend to say that I am "hangry." That is a word my sis and I use to describe our feeling by combining the words "hungry" and "angry." Because we are sure cranky when we have empty bellies.
Same here!! How can you not love buttery pastry filled with chocolate?

They are! On our flight down last time they were really encouraging us to take multiple snacks! Like "are you sure that's all you want? We have animal crackers too!" .

I like "hangry!" That's definitely a bit more descriptive! I wish I were more pleasant when I'm hungry, but, well, that just never happens!

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Nice. It would be worth a trip to the airport to visit here occasionally for a 'sort of Disney' fix and some delicious sandwiches.
Unfortunately this one is located past security, right by the gate! We'd need to get a ticket to somewhere in order to get to it (unless there's another one I didn't know about) .

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OMG you have an EOS in your airport??? So jealous. I would probably schedule my flights around when it's open if it was in my airport.

Your pastries look really good! I'm not one for sharing either, especially in the morning. I mean, I will. But I'm not happy about it!

Glad you finally made it to MCO, with you ME documents!
Hahahaha it seemed to open around 6:30 AM, I just really couldn't face roast beef and horseradish that early! (Although right now I'm totally regretting not getting one!)

Hey, I was willing to share! (But I was even more willing to eat them all myself!)
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Hahahaha I get moving on my vacation treats right away!

Absolutely, we ALWAYS take the first flight out to maximize our Disney time!
I think being able to take advantage of early morning flights is one of the great benefits of living in the NE. Our flight out CT is under three hours and if we fly out at 6 a.m., we're usually on property by 11:30.
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Great start...I can't wait to hear all about your trip and see your photos!!
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Blue chips? Love that! Beats out SWA peanuts, although they had this cool 100 calorie snack mix that was pretty darn good.

Fun update. Yeah for EOS right in the airport.

Bring on the Magical Express!
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I think being able to take advantage of early morning flights is one of the great benefits of living in the NE. Our flight out CT is under three hours and if we fly out at 6 a.m., we're usually on property by 11:30.
Agreed! I was really hoping that there would be the 6 am flight for our trip dates, but JetBlue only seems to have 8 am now. Still early, but not as early as I'd like!

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Blue chips? Love that! Beats out SWA peanuts, although they had this cool 100 calorie snack mix that was pretty darn good.

Fun update. Yeah for EOS right in the airport.

Bring on the Magical Express!
Hahaha hey, I'm all for a themed snack option! 100 calorie snack mixes are good too though!

I know, EOS would possibly be the only reason I'd want a slightly later flight, just to get a sandwich! (Doesn't seem really worth it though...)
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i love early morning flights! I always try to book the earliest flight that I can so I can fit in the most amount of Disney time possible! The last few years we've had late morning/early afternoon flights and those just aren't as fun!

And I agree with Jen that I wish there was an EOS in our airport! They're breakfast sandwiches are so good!

Ahh yes...the hunger grumpies! I won't lie, I get downright mean when I'm hungry.
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Unfortunately this one is located past security, right by the gate! We'd need to get a ticket to somewhere in order to get to it (unless there's another one I didn't know about) .
Well, that's a bummer.
Think of all the money they are not making from Disney people who might go over there just to eat with Earl.
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i love early morning flights! I always try to book the earliest flight that I can so I can fit in the most amount of Disney time possible! The last few years we've had late morning/early afternoon flights and those just aren't as fun!

And I agree with Jen that I wish there was an EOS in our airport! They're breakfast sandwiches are so good!

Ahh yes...the hunger grumpies! I won't lie, I get downright mean when I'm hungry.
That's exactly what I do too! I don't think I could wait around for an afternoon flight!

I've never had their breakfast sandwiches (or any of their sandwiches, really), but they did look pretty good! (As displayed on the order board, that is... )

Hahaha that seems to happen to all of us, apparently! Glad to see we're not alone!

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Well, that's a bummer.
Think of all the money they are not making from Disney people who might go over there just to eat with Earl.
Hahaha right??? That'd be like having an Aloha Isle stand here in NJ too! That'd be amazing

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We're here! Move!!!

Heading for side B, level 1, Wingnut and I headed onto our first monorail ride of the trip (not on the Highway of the Sky quite yet...) and quickly made our way to the Magical Express check in area.

My handy dandy packet in tow, we were quickly checked in and pointed to our line, which I believe was 4. Or 5. Definitely not 1.

We waited for around 10 minutes, during which I started to regret my decision to not stop at the bathroom when we first landed in lieu of wanting to get to Disney as quickly as humanly possible. But we were then on the bus, only waiting a few minutes more before we pulled away.



(I swear that the bathroom comment wasn't any sort of foreshadowing, I just remember it being notable that I passed up a bathroom trip. Hey, I drink a lot of water. )

Wingnut then FINALLY permitted our first picture of the trip. (We had been travelling for HOURS already, Wingnut! I had to have missed at least 2 or 3 memorable vacation moments!)



Oh yeah, the sweater had been taken off while we were in the Magical Express line. We were in Orlando now! Feel the warmth!!

The bus driver then announced the order of the resorts we would be stopping at, starting with...







THE POLYNESIAN!!!!

(Yeah, I cheered and danced. A little. Quietly.)

And then we (well, they by then) were going to stop at a bunch of other resorts that I believe included the Grand Floridian, but I was really not paying attention to our route anymore at that point.

The usual bus video then played, and right before it started, I promised Wingnut that I wouldn't cry like the last time we were on the Magical Express bus and the video was playing and I was a slight mess.

But then the game changed entirely, and all bets were off.

SINCE WHEN DID THEY START PLAYING THE CLIPS OF "SURPRISE YOU'RE GOING TO DISNEY WORLD" AT THE BEGINNING OF THAT???

I can never ever ever ever see one of those without tearing up. I have no idea why. I blame the music. And not the fact that I'm a big ol' emotional sap.

Sunglasses on. I'm all about the subtlety.

Pretty soon, we were seeing this.



Then this.



THEN THIS.



If you can't tell from my photo angle, we were pretty close to the front of the bus. The second row, in fact. I had purposely chosen it to get off the bus in the speediest fashion possible.

Wingnut and I actually have a system for disembarking the Magical Express bus, devised on our last trip. The second the bus parks, I shoot out of the bus like a cannon and powerwalk past any friendly greeter right to the check-in counter. Wingnut stands in my cloud of Wile-E-Coyote-style dust, retrieves the bags, and tips the ME driver. And then catches up with me eventually.

At least, that's what I assume he does. Once I take off, I don't look back.

We pulled into the Polynesian, where I didn't take any pictures of this moment because I was reconfirming the plan with Wingnut. Ok, he agreed.

Perfect.

Our bus pulled up behind another ME bus (to this day I'm still not positive if they were departing or arriving), and we were stuck not being able to disembark because of giant palm fronds blocking the entire right half of the bus.

Stupid atmosphere.

I used the opportunity to stretch my calves.

FINALLY (after around 3 agonizing minutes of waiting), the first bus left, and we pulled up.

(Important story detail: I'm in the window seat. Wingnut is in the aisle.)

IMMEDIATELY, practically everyone on the bus stands up to leave.

Wingnut stays sitting.

The entire population of a small country is now filling the aisle of the bus, waiting to get out. I'm poised in my seat, waiting for Wingnut to stand up.

Wingnut stays sitting.

The doors open. People who weren't even on our bus start leaving the bus, all walking towards the Polynesian.

I stand up, but it does absolutely no good, because my path to get up is blocked by a certain Wingnut.

(I appreciate the fact that you are a very chivalrous person, honey, but not at times like these!)

"WOULD YOU LIKE TO GET UP NOW????" I glared at him.

"What, and knock over all of these people?"

OH SURE, MAKE ME LOOK LIKE THE BAD PERSON HERE.

Finally, after every single person within a 500 foot radius had gotten off the bus, FINALLY Wingnut stood up.

I flew off the bus and started walking as quickly as I could into the Polynesian. Don't worry, there weren't any greeters in the vicinity that I knocked over with my gale force wind tunnel.

I steeled myself for the sight of the lines at the desk.

Amazingly, shockingly, there was absolutely no line to check in.

I went right up to the counter (of course, I had done Online Check-In!) and started checking in. Wingnut arrived soon after.

Our CM started off by giving us leis, which I unfortunately did not take a picture of Wingnut wearing, but I will reassure you that he did wear it all the way to our room (which was a lot longer than I had pegged him for, actually) .

Speaking of our room...

CM: Okay, your room is ready now, it's #.
Wingnut: Okay, great!
Me: Which longhouse is that in???

Through my researching of the Polynesian, there was one longhouse that I had in mind that I thought would be perfect for us to stay in. Tokelau. The central location between the GCH and the TTC, and it's also a bit newer. But Wingnut and I had agreed to leave our longhouse decision up to the Tikis, wherever we were placed would be great.

So, of course, to weigh my odds on the end of maximum potential disappointment, I started chanting "Tokelau. Tokelau. Tokelau." in my head, hoping that we would be placed there. But anywhere would be okay. "Tokelau. Tokelau."

CM: It's in Tokelau.



I was pretty elated at that point, Wingnut didn't really know what it meant, but was happy that our room was ready. Map of the resort in hand, leis around our necks, we were off in the direction of Tokelau!

"This was the longhouse I wanted to stay in" I said, bouncing around with excitement.

"Good. Grumpypants." he replied, raising his eyebrow in my direction.

Again, he's always making me look like the bad one here...
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Love that the Tikis smiled on you!

You crack me up with your disembarkation plan, and finally the answer to the burning question, "When is a chivalrous BF a bad thing?"

Excellent installment...very funny!!
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That's awesome you got the building you wanted!
And hooray for no check-in line! Online check-in is awesome!

and thanks for the warning about the bus video! those "surprise" videos make me cry too so now I know to be prepared.
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