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Old 05-03-2012, 07:54 AM   #76
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Great report so far. We are going in sep with our 2 kids and by reading your report made me realize my 15 year old will probably have same problems with the sleeping lol..i definetly need to do the growth picture..we havnt been back there since 2004...so will be huge difference...very funny about husbands uniform
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I'm confused about the drawstring bag at DHS. Why a drawstring bag? And what exactly is a drawstring bag? And why only at DHS?
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Old 05-03-2012, 06:45 PM   #78
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Great report so far.
Thanks! Glad to have you reading along.


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I'm confused about the drawstring bag at DHS. Why a drawstring bag? And what exactly is a drawstring bag? And why only at DHS?
It doesn't have to be a drawstring bag, just a bag that can fold up flat and fit in your pocket. There are lots of drawstring bags out there now that have two strings so you can wear it as a backpack - those are just extra handy because they are easy to carry.

For us it was only DHS that had line ups long enough to matter. I also used the bag trick at MK, but the bag check line wasn't that long.

And since we stayed at the YC, getting in to Epcot was always a breeze, since the world showcase entrance never had a line up.

Here is a picture of the world showcase entrance that we used to get into Epcot. Not a great picture, but it does show what the crowds are like at that entrance - no crowds at all! Since there was never any line up, it was easy to bring a bag into Epcot since it only took a moment to have them check it.

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I'm confused about the drawstring bag at DHS. Why a drawstring bag? And what exactly is a drawstring bag? And why only at DHS?
Here is a hideous picture of me, showing the drawstring bag I use on my trips. This one was made by a DIS member, Mickeystoontown. She has lots of custom fabrics and on most of her bags she stitches a mouseears pattern, but I asked for mine to be generic.





The idea is if you carry/wear everything in (camera, waterbottle, sunglasses) and fold the drawstring bag and carry it in your pocket, you don't have a bag to check and you won't be bogged down at the bag check line. Then, once you are in the park, you can throw anything you no longer want to carry and you are now hands free.
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Here is a hideous picture of me, showing the drawstring bag I use on my trips. This one was made by a DIS member, Mickeystoontown. She has lots of custom fabrics and on most of her bags she stitches a mouseears pattern, but I asked for mine to be generic.





The idea is if you carry/wear everything in (camera, waterbottle, sunglasses) and fold the drawstring bag and carry it in your pocket, you don't have a bag to check and you won't be bogged down at the bag check line. Then, once you are in the park, you can throw anything you no longer want to carry and you are now hands free.
Love this picture!
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Here is a hideous picture of me, showing the drawstring bag I use on my trips. This one was made by a DIS member, Mickeystoontown. She has lots of custom fabrics and on most of her bags she stitches a mouseears pattern, but I asked for mine to be generic.





The idea is if you carry/wear everything in (camera, waterbottle, sunglasses) and fold the drawstring bag and carry it in your pocket, you don't have a bag to check and you won't be bogged down at the bag check line. Then, once you are in the park, you can throw anything you no longer want to carry and you are now hands free.
Ah, now I gotcha!
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Our Magical Room View at Night

Our evening plans took us to Epcot. One of our favourite places at Epcot is La Cava del Tequila. The problem with La Cava is that it is tiny so finding an available table is hit and miss, and on this night it was more of a miss. I was concerned about La Cava because I knew my husband had his hopes set high, so I was worried we wouldn’t get it. I let the worry get the better of me and I was a bit on edge that night. Sadly when we walked into Mexico it was clear that La Cava was full. I wanted to try out the boat ride so we decided to go for a ride and see if the crowds thinned out at all. The boat ride wasn’t working correctly so we had a bit of broken up ride which didn’t help my mood. When we got off the boat we went back to La Cava which was sadly still too full.

So, to come up with a dinner plan I started rattling off all the Epcot CS options I could think of, thanks to the wisdom of the DisBoards. By now we were all cranky enough that everything I mentioned was vetoed by someone and I was getting crankier by the minute and successfully transferring my cranky around. Eventually it seemed like we were best off going with some generic fast food so we settled for eating at the Liberty Inn in America. We were all pleasantly surprised by our meal and were in much better spirits having eaten some good food.

After supper we decided to head towards Test Track by taking a boat. We went to one of the boat docks and wound up headed towards Canada, so when we got off the boat we decided to walk over to Soarin. Along the way we saw this little guy hanging out on a light stand. He looked so cute sitting in the middle of the spotlight looking like he was the star of the show.




Sadly , when we got to Soarin there was a 100 minute wait. Happily , a random man walked up to us and said he had three fast passes he wasn’t using so we were able walk right down the ramp and onto the ride. We loved the random act of kindness and the ride! We go on Soarin every trip but I always forget how enjoyable it is.

Next up was TT. My husband chose to sit and wait out front for us and my son and I chose to do the single ride line. The regular wait was 110 minutes, but the single line was listed as 20 minutes.




We were through the line and off the ride in less than 40 minutes total, which is much nicer than 110 minutes. TT is one of my favourite rides, but I really don’t like the queue. I find the queue area noisy and stressful, so I’m always voting for the single rider line. Most times when my son and I use the single rider line we still wind up in the same car, so it is definitely the way to go for us.

After TT the fireworks were on so we made our way through the crowds and headed out. My son went back to the room and my husband and I chose to walk along the Boardwalk and stopped for a pretzel and margarita from the Boardwalk stand. They had a few different margaritas and their premium version sounded good but I decided to save a couple of dollars and ordered a Boardwalk Margarita. I knew as soon as he started pouring I had made a mistake, but I tried to roll with it. It was a blue and red slushy concoction that I did not like. I was saddened by my poor drink choice but not to worry, we made much better drink choices in the coming days.

Back at the CL we stopped in for some desserts and I really loved the raspberry cheesecake, peanut butter mousse and a brownie. Soooo good.

We made it back to our room in time for the magic of Wishes to begin. Here is what makes the Standard View great. These pictures show our view of the Wishes fireworks. These were taken with my little point and shoot without any zoom. As you can see we had a perfectly acceptable view of wishes and this is why I loved our room view.









Well that is enough prattling on for one day. Next up, growth charts, better drink choices and ice cream.
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Old 05-06-2012, 10:17 PM   #83
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Hi Janet!

I am also over here peeping at your trip report. Thanks for taking the time to write all this. It is thoroughly entertaining!
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Old 05-07-2012, 04:22 AM   #84
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Hi Janet.
I've found you thanks to the Beach Club thread Love your night-time view! Oh and I totally understand how "difficult" being a teenager is but bet you were glad to find your son tucked up in bed when you got back to your room
Looking forward to more!
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I am also over here peeping at your trip report. Thanks for taking the time to write all this. It is thoroughly entertaining!
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I've found you thanks to the Beach Club thread Love your night-time view! Oh and I totally understand how "difficult" being a teenager is but bet you were glad to find your son tucked up in bed when you got back to your room
Looking forward to more!
Glad you found your way over. The teen years are a definite rollar coaster of fun, but I think we have it pretty easy. I knew there was a good chance that he would make it back to the room first, which is why we gave him unlimited time at the MK.
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Great update!

Sorry to hear about the hunger-induced crankies. I am all too familiar with those.

Yeah on the pixie dust for Soarin' ! We love sharing extra FP when we have them, but we are always amazed at how difficult it is to give them away. First, you have to find the right number of people. Then you have to convince them you are not trying to scam them!

I totally agree with you about the TT line. UGH- light and sound overload. It really should be Test Track, sponsored by Excederin!

What is the deal with alcoholic bevvies? You can buy one and walk around EPCOT. You can buy one at Boardwalk and walk around there. But according to posts on the BC thread, you can't take one OUT of EPCOT and bring it to the resort area?

GREAT pictures of the fireworks from Wishes from your room!!! When did you realize you had that view?

In 2010, we saw Nightastic from our Standard View room at the Beach Club. I had no idea until the morning after our first night when Mark told me what he saw while I slept.
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Old 05-07-2012, 08:08 AM   #87
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Just read through the entire TR and lovin' it. The bag tip is a good one. We have two kids and manage not taking a bag, but sometimes it would be nice to have one. I'll keep that tip..ahem....in my back pocket for next time. We do have several "growth" spots for pictures. I too love watching my family "mature" over the years. It is so funny to read everyone's explanation of Sci-fi. Everyone always says that the food isn't that great, but the atmosphere is. That is so true. You think they would improve the food. Looking foward to more updates!!
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GREAT pictures of the fireworks from Wishes from your room!!! When did you realize you had that view?
I realized we had the great view when the fireworks started. I had some hope for a fireworks view, but had no idea it would be that good.

We live on the 7th floor of a high rise and every fireworks holiday (Victoria Day in May, and Canada Day on July 1) I peer out our window with the hopes of seeing some of the major fireworks displays from the amusement park just north of the city. I know I won't really be able to see the fireworks but I never give up hope and I peer out hopeful to catch a tiny glimpse of the odd firework that goes higher than the rest.

I figured I'd be doing the same at Disney - stretching my neck out hoping to catch a few flickers over the trees. I was so surprised to see the entire show. Very nice view indeed!


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Just read through the entire TR and lovin' it. The bag tip is a good one. We have two kids and manage not taking a bag, but sometimes it would be nice to have one. I'll keep that tip..ahem....in my back pocket for next time. We do have several "growth" spots for pictures. I too love watching my family "mature" over the years. It is so funny to read everyone's explanation of Sci-fi. Everyone always says that the food isn't that great, but the atmosphere is. That is so true. You think they would improve the food. Looking foward to more updates!!
Thanks for joining in and following along on my report! To be fair to Sci-Fi, the food is good, just not as good as some of the other restaurants at WDW.
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Hi Janet, followed you over from the BC thread. Enjoying your report!

Thanks for helping me pass the time until my trip!
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Thanks for helping me pass the time until my trip!
Happy to have you following along.

At the rate I'm going with this report, I might just be done before you leave for your trip.
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