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Old 05-15-2012, 07:10 PM   #16
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I am totally IN!

I voted for May, in the hopes of a travel-buddy. We are planning for May 2013, but haven't picked a week yet. Your week is pretty high on the list though.

Anxious to hear what you decide and all the amazing details!!!!
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Old 05-15-2012, 07:17 PM   #17
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You gotta go in the fall!

I went the first two weeks in October 2010 and the lines were great, we never waited more than 30mins for anything, the only ride we skipped was TSM for obvious reasons.

The weather was gorgeous and it didn't rain once.
NO RAIN??? DID YOU SAY NO RAIN??? Me likes the sounds of that...
Our first trip to the World in 2011 included so much rain we almost needed a kayak. Seriously...there was a LOT of rain. We're talking torrential downpours here. This past one though, there was almost none, which was REALLY nice!

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I am totally IN!

I voted for May, in the hopes of a travel-buddy. We are planning for May 2013, but haven't picked a week yet. Your week is pretty high on the list though.

Anxious to hear what you decide and all the amazing details!!!!
YAY!!! You're here!!! You're here!!!

We are having a really hard time deciding when to go. Having a travel buddy WOULD be awesome!
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:21 AM   #18
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Let's Talk Food!

Whenever my family and I are planning a trip, the food is JUST as important as the location. DH and I like to consider ourselves foodies. Foodies in the since that we love to cook and try new and interesting things. We like many different types of cuisine including Greek/Mediterranean, Italian, Thai, Japanese and good ole Southern Comfort Food. And before you ask, yes, Southern IS a cuisine.

One of mine and DH's favorite things to do together is to get into the kitchen and cook something. Sometimes it's fried chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes and homemade cornbread. Other times, it's things like Spicy Pasta with artichokes, shrimp and black olives. Trying our new things is something we love to do, and we rarely, if ever, use a recipe for anything other than a guideline. This means we really don't follow the recipe, and we never measure anything. This has caused us to have some huge success in the kitchen, and some disasters as well. But it's a lot of fun, and we enjoy doing it together.

Like I was saying earlier, the food is very important to us. Because of that, this is one area of our trips that I always start planning early. That being said, we might as well start now!

After two trips to WDW, we have a pretty good idea of what we like. After talking it over with DH, we’ve decided to limit the number of buffets that we do. This presents us with a little bit of a predicament. Emma LOVES character meals, and most of them tend to be buffets. No fear though! Emma actually said the other day that the only ones she wants to go back to are the Castle and Pooh’s Breakfast. YAY! This makes things easier for me!
The first part of deciding where to eat, is deciding which dining plan to use. We’ve used a dining plan on both of our trips, and we absolutely love it! It’s a nice feeling knowing that we can order whatever we want, and it’s already paid for. So far, we’ve done the regular dining plan, and the deluxe dining plan. We toyed with the idea of going Premium for this trip for a while, but I think we’ve decided not to, and to go Deluxe again. We loved being able to get appetizers on the deluxe plan, and having that plan also gave use more flexibility in going to some signature places too. Although, Premium may jump back into the conversation later, for now we’ve decided on Deluxe.
And here are the places we are looking at possibly going to:

Kouzzina – We love to eat dinner here! We want to shake it up a little on this trip though. We might do this as a breakfast instead.

The Hollywood Brown Derby – We ate there for the first time on our last trip, and loved it! Love the ambiance, loved the wait staff, loved the food! This is a definite MUST DO!

California Grill – This was another first on our last trip, and is a definite MUST DO for this one too! The food there is marvelous, and we enjoyed the atmosphere immensely. We thought it was exceedingly wonderful to be able to sit in the cocktail lounge to enjoy a drink before being shown to our table by the manager himself!

Cinderella’s Royal Table – We had a FABULOUS experience here on our last trip (see my TR in my siggy for more details!), so this is also a MUST DO! We ate there for dinner on our last trip, so we may make this a breakfast on this one just to mix it up a bit.

Crystal Palace – We’ve eaten here for breakfast on our first MK day on both of our trips, so it’s quickly becoming a tradition for us. Emma loves to go here and see all of her friends from Winnie the Pooh!

Fulton’s Crab House – My parents took me there to eat when I was really little, but I don’t remember anything about it. I was three at the time. We love seafood of any kind, and DH and Emma love crab legs, so we just might have to give this one a try!

Yachtsman Steakhouse – DH is a major carnivore, and this place just looks so lovely. This one is getting some serious looks right now.

Kona Café – We’ve never eaten here before, but the reviews all look so wonderful! We might have to sneak this one in for a breakfast one morning!

Liberty Tree Tavern – We’ve never eaten here before either, but it seems like this is a place that you need to eat at, at least once. This one has a possibility of making it to our list.

Be Our Guest – I have no idea what this one has in store for us, but if it’s open when we go, you’d better believe I’m going to have it on my list!!!

Les Chefs de France – I have eaten here before, but it’s been a really long time. (I was 11.) I’ve wanted to go here on both of our recent trips, but it never made the final cut. Might have to make sure it makes it on the list this time! (Besides, it gives me a good reason to get a Grand Marnier slushie after dinner since it’s so close to the cart!)

Artist Point – I don’t really know much about this one yet, but the menu looks interesting. I need to study up on it for sure.

Narcoossee’s – Another seafood place, I know. Plus, I like that it offers views of the Magic Kingdom.

Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater – This place just looks neat. DH has eaten here before and said that the food is pretty ordinary, but the atmosphere is really cool. I need to read up on it some more though.

50’s Prime Time Cafe – I think this one looks like a lot of fun too! Plus, who can turn down fried chicken??

Yak and Yeti – I’m really not sure about this place, but something about it intrigues me. I have to study up on this one some more, too.

Wow…that’s a really long list. And I see that I have A LOT of homework to do! Looks like I need to read about all of these places to get a better idea on things. Any suggestions from you guys? Do you see any I should automatically remove? Any I should add that I didn’t think about?
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Great list of possibilities! I just thinking about and planning our Disney dining too! Here is my 2 cents...

Chefs de France-DELICIOUS!!!!! This was our favorite on our last trip!

Yak and Yeti- very good too! I have a suggestion for you if you do book this one: go right before parade time and ask for the window table upstairs in the far right corner...it will give a fantastic view of the Jammin Jungle Parade! The food at Yak and Yeti was so good, and the kids choices are great too, not just chicken nuggets and cheese pizza. Try the Pinapple Wontons for dessert...so yummy!

BTW~ Kouzzina is on my must try list for our next trip!
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Kouzzina – We love to eat dinner here! We want to shake it up a little on this trip though. We might do this as a breakfast instead.
One of our favorites, too!

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California Grill – This was another first on our last trip, and is a definite MUST DO for this one too! The food there is marvelous, and we enjoyed the atmosphere immensely. We thought it was exceedingly wonderful to be able to sit in the cocktail lounge to enjoy a drink before being shown to our table by the manager himself!
We love Cali Grill! YUM! I'd love to get back there ... but since it's 2 credits, it will have to wait. Sigh.

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Kona Café – We’ve never eaten here before, but the reviews all look so wonderful! We might have to sneak this one in for a breakfast one morning!
We ate here in 2010 and we LOVED it! It was on the list for this year (as breakfast and dinner), but it got cut because of other things ... but I look forward to going back! So I think you should try to sneak it in!

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Les Chefs de France – I have eaten here before, but it’s been a really long time. (I was 11.) I’ve wanted to go here on both of our recent trips, but it never made the final cut. Might have to make sure it makes it on the list this time! (Besides, it gives me a good reason to get a Grand Marnier slushie after dinner since it’s so close to the cart!)
We had a really great experience here in 2010. DD10 has a milk allergy and didn't like the dessert she ordered. The server brought her about 4 different kinds of treats to make her happy! Plus, I could listen to their accent all day! Food was amazing ... the only thing I didn't like was even though the tables were separated, it wasn't by much space, so it kind of felt like communal tables. But we wouldn't hesitate to go back! (And it's on my list for 2013 possibilities.)

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Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater – This place just looks neat. DH has eaten here before and said that the food is pretty ordinary, but the atmosphere is really cool. I need to read up on it some more though.
We dined here in 2010 and I thought it was amazing food! DH even agreed. We loved the food, and we loved the "movies". The only thing I didn't like about Sci Fi was the fact that it was hard to talk to your family as you sat two to a seat and the rest sat behind/in front of you. So it wasn't easy to share dishes (especially apps!). Plus, it was really dark, so it was hard to see my food. Granted, I've seen LOTS of recent pics and it looks like they've adjusted the lighting greatly. I wouldn't hesitate to go back!

50’s Prime Time Cafe – I think this one looks like a lot of fun too! Plus, who can turn down fried chicken?? [/quote]

OR....



THE POT ROAST!!!! YUM!!! I honestly think 50s is my FAVORITE WDW restaurant. It's FUN, and YUM! Who can beat that? And yes, I get the pot roast every time. It's THAT good. However, DH said he's yet to eat anything there that wasn't amazing. My friend had the fried chicken in March and he devoured it and wished he had more to take home.


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BTW~ Kouzzina is on my must try list for our next trip!
DO IT!! You won't regret it!!
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Great list of possibilities! I just thinking about and planning our Disney dining too! Here is my 2 cents...

Chefs de France-DELICIOUS!!!!! This was our favorite on our last trip!

Yak and Yeti- very good too! I have a suggestion for you if you do book this one: go right before parade time and ask for the window table upstairs in the far right corner...it will give a fantastic view of the Jammin Jungle Parade! The food at Yak and Yeti was so good, and the kids choices are great too, not just chicken nuggets and cheese pizza. Try the Pinapple Wontons for dessert...so yummy!

BTW~ Kouzzina is on my must try list for our next trip!
Yep...Chefs de France will most likely make my final list for this trip. I have wanted to go both times we've gone, but it just hasn't worked out. I think I'm going to have to make it happen this time.

Great tips about Yak and Yeti! I just put that into my planning journal. What a fantabulous tip!!! I'm glad that the kids choices there aren't the standard nuggets and pizza. I've been tending to book ressies at places that offer better kids choices. I don't want Emma to get bored of eating the same thing day after day.

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One of our favorites, too!



We love Cali Grill! YUM! I'd love to get back there ... but since it's 2 credits, it will have to wait. Sigh.



We ate here in 2010 and we LOVED it! It was on the list for this year (as breakfast and dinner), but it got cut because of other things ... but I look forward to going back! So I think you should try to sneak it in!



We had a really great experience here in 2010. DD10 has a milk allergy and didn't like the dessert she ordered. The server brought her about 4 different kinds of treats to make her happy! Plus, I could listen to their accent all day! Food was amazing ... the only thing I didn't like was even though the tables were separated, it wasn't by much space, so it kind of felt like communal tables. But we wouldn't hesitate to go back! (And it's on my list for 2013 possibilities.)



We dined here in 2010 and I thought it was amazing food! DH even agreed. We loved the food, and we loved the "movies". The only thing I didn't like about Sci Fi was the fact that it was hard to talk to your family as you sat two to a seat and the rest sat behind/in front of you. So it wasn't easy to share dishes (especially apps!). Plus, it was really dark, so it was hard to see my food. Granted, I've seen LOTS of recent pics and it looks like they've adjusted the lighting greatly. I wouldn't hesitate to go back!

50’s Prime Time Cafe – I think this one looks like a lot of fun too! Plus, who can turn down fried chicken??
OR....



THE POT ROAST!!!! YUM!!! I honestly think 50s is my FAVORITE WDW restaurant. It's FUN, and YUM! Who can beat that? And yes, I get the pot roast every time. It's THAT good. However, DH said he's yet to eat anything there that wasn't amazing. My friend had the fried chicken in March and he devoured it and wished he had more to take home.




DO IT!! You won't regret it!! [/QUOTE]

OH MY WORD...that pot roast looks phenomenal!!! (Where's the smiley that's drooling and rubbing it's tummy? )

If we were doing the regular dining plan, I would most definitely leave Cali Grill off, but going Deluxe gives you SO many more options. It is ALOT of food, but we felt like it was definitely worth it because we could dine at places that we otherwise wouldn't have the credits for. We rarely eat 3 meals a day, so we usually do a 1 credit for one meal and a 2 credit for the other every day we're there. We really like getting to go to some of the "swankier" places. LOL Ya'll should think about giving it a try sometime. We did it on our last trip just to try it out, and we will never go back to the regular dining plan again. It's a personal opinion though. We weren't too worried about whether or not we would break even. We like the flexibility of having everything already paid for up front and not having to worry about what to order. KWIM?
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50’s Prime Time Cafe – I think this one looks like a lot of fun too! Plus, who can turn down fried chicken??
OR....




OMGoodness...it's Liddy and her PotRoast again! Believe me when I say, this Potroast picture just pops up at random times all over the Disboards, so beware!
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I'd love to do the DxDDP, but we just can't afford to eat that nicely. Some years, we're literally scraping for the funds just to go.

But one day ... I will do the DxDDP .. and one day, I will love it. But that will have to be for an adults trip ... I'm thinking a second honeymoon.

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OMGoodness...it's Liddy and her PotRoast again! Believe me when I say, this Potroast picture just pops up at random times all over the Disboards, so beware!
I have no idea what you're talking about. I've never seen that picture before in my life.
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Just wanted to stop in to let you guys know that I haven't abandoned my PTR. I've had LOTS of stuff going on with me lately, and haven't had a chance to get on. I will be back REALLY SOON with more updates, and some info on what's going on with me. Thanks for sticking around with me!
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Just wanted to stop in to let you guys know that I haven't abandoned my PTR. I've had LOTS of stuff going on with me lately, and haven't had a chance to get on. I will be back REALLY SOON with more updates, and some info on what's going on with me. Thanks for sticking around with me!
I hope it's good stuff and not bad stuff going on! We're still here! Anxious for you to come back and hang out with us!
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I hope it's good stuff! Looking forward to more planning.
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Well...I guess it's better late than never, right? Are y'all still out there?
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Thank you!!!! It's certainly good to be back! Lots and lots have been going on here. I started a new job back in July, and it's been totally NON STOP ever since! I really love it though. I left the world of banking, and the stressful role as Personal Banker, to become an Office Manager/Account Manager at a Bobcat dealership. I know! BIG change, right?!?!?!

Really, it's been awesome though. I get a little stressed out at times, but I couldn't ask for a better boss. He's wonderful!

I'm hoping to catch myself up on my OWN report, and get some new posts up this weekend. I am so glad you're still here!!! How are you?
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A Wrinkle in Time, or, The Great Fall Changup

Well hello out there sports fans! er...I mean...Disney fans!!!

I figured that I'd preface my return with a little bit of newly discovered information!

I know in previous posts, that I've said that the dates for a fall trip would start on September 28th, but there has been some late breaking news! Our school district, over the last several years, has always done fall break during the first week of October. So I made soft plans that this would be when it would be this year.

BOY WAS I WRONG! They decided to throw me for a loop like a Major League Baseball pitcher confuses a batter with his changeup. First, I heard that they were toying with the idea of nixing fall break completely, and adding in some time off at some other point during the year. WHAT?!?!?!?! Well THANKFULLY that didn't happen. They finally approved fall break, but not for the week I assumed that they would. Our fall break is going to be October7th-11th. Although I was really planning on break being the FIRST week of October, I am totally okay with them making it the SECOND week instead. My only problem? Monday, October 14th is Columbus Day. Does this affect crowd levels much??? I've gotta do my research on this.

So...once I officially found out that Fall Break for 2013 had been approved, it put me into planning mode again!!! YAY!!!! And actually, I have an announcement to make!

WE FINALLY BOOKED OUR VACATION!!!!!

Yep, you heard right! I finally booked!!!

Our dates are October 3-10th. An amazing 8 days and 7 nights in our happy place! I can't wait!!!!!

I'll save some of the other info for my next installment...
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