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Old 02-01-2012, 09:21 PM   #16
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Great Trip Report so far. I watched your video on YouTube. Awesome surprise... her reaction was absolutely priceless. Looking forward to the rest of the trip report
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just started reading your TR and it is fantastic and love the surprise video xmas morning. I remember the first time we went and that was the first thing my DW wanted to see as well and that is always the first park we go to on every trip so far. Good for you to keep it a secret for so long...don't know if I could do that
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Hey Green machine count me in for your TR! I was raised in LDB so it's cool to see someone that lives in my ol stomping grounds that enjoys Disney as much as me.
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Day 2 - Hollywood studios.

We woke up at about 8:30 am this morning. Now tip #1 I would give to anyone going to WDW for the first time (and the number 1 thing I wish I had been told) is "you will feel like you were hit by a truck every morning". Now, in regular situations this would be an issue but, your in Walt Disney World so....things could be worse! Just to clear that up a little....yes, it is one of the greatest places on earth...granted but, MAN is it big. Me and Nicole tried to get as much out of WDW as we could each day...so sore feet and blisters aside we accomplished that so it was 100% worth it.

We were lucky enough to be on the dining plan for the last 5 days of our trip. What we would do is have breakfast in our room every morning (by way of bringing a box of Honey Nut Cheerios, 2 collapsable bowls and spoons with us couple that with a carton of milk from the food court every morning and you've got WDW express breakfast) and plan to be on the bus by 10. Hollywood Studios here we come.....

After the crowds we experienced at the Magic Kingdom on our first day we were a little nervous about the crowds today as HWS is a much smaller park.
We were pleasantly surprised when we arrived as there was plenty of room to move.


HWS is such a "classy" looking park. Everywhere you look it's like you are in a classic Hollywood movie. The size of HWS is like a breath of fresh air after the size and congestion of MK the day before. It is also SO easy to find your way around in.

Our first stop was the animation academy where we sat in on a presentation about the different stages a character goes through from idea to finished product. Great attraction if you have an interest in that type of thing (which Nic and I do).

Next we walked into a character greeting in the same building. Now before going any further, next to Mickey if there was one character my wife would love to meet she wouldn't have to think about it very long......


If there was one thing that I had heard about during my research into this trip it was the animation lesson at the animation academy...After Nicole's meet and greet with Pooh we made a bee line for it.

I would highly recommend this to anyone who has even a little interest in drawing to sit in on this class. It was awesome, there was probably 30 or so of us in the room with a Disney animator and through a series of circles and lines before we knew it we were staring at this guy right here....



What made it even more awesome was my inability to follow clear instruction. After the class had ended and everyone was given exit instructions I struck up a conversation with the animator...after a little chit chat she asked me and Nicole if we wanted her drawing that she had been working on...Ahhhhh YEAH! so suffice it to say that is going to be framed in my home in the very near future.

The hunger pains were starting to get the best of us so we headed over to "Starring Rolls Cafe" for lunch. I had not heard much in the way of good reviews about the counter service options at HWS but let me tell you one thing, this is a good spot to eat. The portions were huge and there was a lot of outdoor seating with plenty of shade....how big were the portions you ask? Well this should answer any questions you may have....


...She'll probably kill me for posting this...LOL

While Nicole finished her mountain of a black forest ham sandwich I ran over to the "Tower of Terror" to grab fastpasses for later that evening. With those in hand I headed back to get her and we headed to "One Man's Dream". This was something Nicole had been interested in as soon as she found out we were going. This was a type of museum/15 minute film showcasing Walt's life and a bunch of very interesting pieces of Disney History. I could go on and on about this for a few paragraphs but for those of you who haven't been to WDW this is something worth discovering on your own.


We took a walk across to the other part of the park next, over to the area that contains Indiana Jones, Star Tours and a bunch of other cool stuff. I convinced Nicole to try out "Star Tours" with me stating "You'll really like it...it'll be great"....well about 2 seconds after we blasted off into hyper space I knew I would be paying for this one later LOL. Great ride but this was as close to motion sickness as I would experience over the duration of my trip.


After coming out the other side of an Empire attack relatively unscathed Nicole thought a Mickey ice cream bar was in order...I agreed. MAN I do not know what they put in these things but a more addictive ice cream bar I have yet to taste....excellent!


"Beauty and the Beast - The Musical" was up next....hands down Nicole's favorite Disney movie and she could not wait for this one. It was really well done. Even I stayed interested and managed to film it for Nicole to enjoy on one of her "Disney Sundays".

As the sun seems to set just a little faster in WDW than anywhere else, our dining reservation at "50's Prime Time Cafe" was upon us. What a great restaurant! I think (granted I have very limited experience), as far as theme goes, it would give many Disney restaurants a run for their money. We started our meal with the onion rings (homerun) and I ordered the meatloaf which was a great choice. And as far as Nicole's pot roast....you could say she enjoyed it...


As our meal ended the plan was to take our chances with "Tower of Terror" before heading for home....well tip #2 is use your times guide and know when the park closes....for us that would have been about 45 minutes ago, so outta luck as far as "Tower of Terror" this time, It'll be first on the list for 2013 though....


As the last few stragglers left the park we stopped to take a few pictures as when the lights come on Hollywood Studios really shines.

As we waited for our bus back to Pop Nicole took this opportunity to grab a quick puff.....I was quick to remind her that it wasnt a designated smoking section, but as there was no one else in our line or in our general area she didn't figure there'd be too much of a stink made about it....she was right.


Man, what a great park....now that the trip is finally over I can say that it is my favorite without a doubt...but more about that later.

Epcot for day 3...I have heard that it is huge and with a solid plan in place for tomorrow we hit the sack for a little rest. It seems the Mickey wake up calls come faster each morning.
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I have to say I think it's my fav park as well and epcot a close second. I have been 3 times and still haven't done the drawings yet and for sure you have to get on tower of terror next time your there....fantastic ride
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Great trip report and drawing of Goofy! You sold me on the animation academy and will defently do this on our next trip. My DD is quite the good artist but she did not want to waste time on this the last trip we took but I think once the class starts she will love it. At Disney Quest we tried the drawing class and my DD did not want to draw Pluto and instead drew Minnie Mouse the instructor made her erase it and had her start over. She's a good artist but she doesn't like to be told what to draw.

IMO the premium Mickey Bars taste just like the Dixe bars that DQ sells only they are not as fun to eat without the ears. That reminds me I dont know if you tried a Dole Whip or not but they sell them at the half moon in Lock Port.

I found just that my mornings were just the opposite of yours. Every morning I was up and ready to go so fast I shocked even myself. Now the blister on my toe once I got home was actualy bigger then my toe
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I am really loving your trip report so far. What a wonderful surprise for your wife.
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Subbing! I hate surprises, but love to read about others getting them!

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Great trip report and drawing of Goofy! You sold me on the animation academy and will defently do this on our next trip. My DD is quite the good artist but she did not want to waste time on this the last trip we took but I think once the class starts she will love it. At Disney Quest we tried the drawing class and my DD did not want to draw Pluto and instead drew Minnie Mouse the instructor made her erase it and had her start over. She's a good artist but she doesn't like to be told what to draw.

IMO the premium Mickey Bars taste just like the Dixe bars that DQ sells only they are not as fun to eat without the ears. That reminds me I dont know if you tried a Dole Whip or not but they sell them at the half moon in Lock Port.

I found just that my mornings were just the opposite of yours. Every morning I was up and ready to go so fast I shocked even myself. Now the blister on my toe once I got home was actualy bigger then my toe
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I loved your wife's reaction and it was/is very nice to see a first timer's reaction to the banner above the highway! It reminded me of my first time seeing the banner and the castle.
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Day 3 - Epcot

It seems that work and other things don't seem to understand that I have a trip report to finish....sorry for how long this is taking....

Day 3....We were a bit nervous about today for sure, based on 2 factors; we had heard that Epcot was huge (my wife has MS and long walks aren't her favorite) and we had also heard that Epcot was a little on the boring side....

Our day started at 8:30 am and after all the prerequisites we were in the Epcot bus line outside of Pop Century.

It was a fairly quick ride to the park and there was hardly anybody on the bus....I guess a lot of people had similar questions about Epcot.

We arrived and as soon as you find your self in front of Spaceship Earth it was another moment of disbelief....we had seen this “ball” so many times over our lives and here we were standing at its base. It was quite a sight to see.


First on my list was getting fastpasses for “Soarin’” so Nicole walked over to the Canadian pavilion to see how the rest of the world sees us and I headed for “The Land”. Even at 10:00 am the return time for “Soarin’” was 1:30 pm, so we had a little time to burn. With fastpasses in hand I met Nicole on the park benches over looking the water in front of the gates to “Le Cellier”. We strolled around the Canadian pavilion and soon realized that Canada is mostly mountains and totem poles.....I never knew.


With hunger pains and lunch time drawing near we made our way back to “The Land” for lunch at “Sunshine Seasons”. Today was or first day on the dining plan and we were a little nervous about how this would work. “What do they consider an entree” “What do they consider a drink...a dessert?” but a few minutes later we were well taken care of and beginning to realize that Disney’s portions are a little different than the outside world.


After I inhaled my lunch we still had a little time left before we could head to “Soarin’” so Nicole finished her dessert as I headed over and grabbed fastpasses for “Test Track”. I eventually found Nicole in the madness that was quickly becoming the food court in “The Land” and we took in “The Circle of Life”. Great show/message for the kids...and the majority of us adults.

“Soarin” was up next. I was seriously looking forward to this one as, during my research for this trip, I had never read a single negative review about it.....everyone loves it. I am quickly starting to see why FastPass is so awesome. Why people don’t use it is beyond me. Do people not know what is it? what is does? or what is costs? (nothing). Granted it runs out but MAN is it convenient. We literally passed hundreds of people in the stand by line and were in the queue within 5 minutes. If you haven’t had the oppourtunity to “ride” “Soarin” put it on your list, it’s awesome! You feel as though your hand-gliding over California with the wind in your hair and the smell of the ocean and orange groves all around.

“Finding Nemo” is one of Nicole’s favorite movies and we knew that “The Living Seas” and “Turtle Talk with Crush” were going to be must sees in Epcot. Neither disappointed. Even though more for the kids “Turtle Talk” was one of my favorites. Now I must preface the next sentance with, there is ALOT of Disney World I will never understand, but, How does this attraction work???? Crush is literally interacting with the kids (and everyone else), but its everything, its his facial expressions and his movements...this one was a great time.


On our way to “Test Track” we decided to have a look around “Mouse Gear”. I had heard (due to a thread I had started here) that this was THE souvenir store in Epcot, boy is it ever. This place was huge. If you cant find it there....well, your just not looking hard enough. This place had it all.

We also stopped into the Character Spot and spent a few Minutes with Donald and Goofy (neither of which we had seen yet).




With a few purchases headed to our room (the next day...whatever) we were on our way to “Test Track”. Now to be fair neither Nicole or I are fans of speed so “why go on Test Track?” you ask well....from the beginning we decided that we were going to try things even if we were to chicken...Test Track fell into that category. Although we fastpassed this ride was still spent at least 30 minutes in this line up. Once we got into the final line (if you’ve never been to WDW don’t be fooled by the end of the particular line your in.....OH NO, in the case of Test Track there is a total of 4 lines you stand in before getting in the car) there was a long period of time where nothing was coming or going....obviously a problem. MAN this was a fast one, I’m not gonna ruin it for any one that hasn't had the opportunity to ride it but, once outside it gets a little hairy!

Once Test Track was behind us and my stomach had settled again we decided to take a stroll around the World Showcase. Initially we didnt know if we would try this as it would be a lot of walking for Nicole but she was feeling great and off we went.

We had a great time, but, I don’t know if it was the time of year or time of the day but there was nothing going on in any of the pavilions. Most had a movie that you could watch but for the most part it was just restaurants and gift shops...I’m sure its different during busier times of the year.






We ended our walk in the U.K pavilion where we had a 7:45 pm reservation at The “Rose and Crown Pub”. I had requested and received a balcony seat for “Illuminations” and once seated (there was quite a wait but it was worth it) we settled in to try and decide what was for dinner. We had a great waiter (Kyle from Scotland) who suggested the “Cornish Game Hen” for me and man was he on point with that one! As Nicole enjoyed her fish and chips I sat down for, probably, the best meal I had during my entire stay in WDW. If someone can think of a better view in WDW than eating dessert on the “Rose and Crown” balcony while “Illuminations” takes place right in front of you I’d be interested in knowing about it. As far as the “Cornish Game Hen” If you eat here order this....coupled with the sticky toffee pudding for dessert this is a home run of a meal!




As our meal came to an end the park was almost empty and it was time for us to make our way back to the bus for Pop.

This park is BIG...plan it out and take your time. Not as scary or boring as we had heard but probably a half day park when we return next year. Another great day in the books in WDW. Tomorrow is our first full day in the Magic Kingdom and to say Nicole is looking forward to it would be an understatement.
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Really loving your report! So glad that you both had such a great time. The best memories are made when you and the person you are with can both embrace your inner child and appreciate the magic!
Thanks for the great reporting!!
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