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Old 07-24-2012, 12:23 PM   #16
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Day of a Million Cupcakes: Part 5

With three steps out the door we immediately regretted leaving our car over at the Poly. We also were immediately covered in sweat. We joined throngs of people at the bus stop, and waited for a MK bus. The first bus to arrive was a completely packed Downtown Disney bus. Completely Packed. No-one got on or off the bus at this stop, and the 15-20 people waiting for the Downtown Disney bus were very upset. Oh no! I hope all the busses aren't like that. Our MK bus arrived within 10min or so, it emptied out, and we got seats towards the back. I was very glad that BW was the first stop. I was not glad that we apparently had the hottest bus in the world, and we sat sweating and trying not to fall asleep on the way to the MK. Finally at the MK we hopped the monorail over to the Polynesian in order to move our car over to the Contemporary. I thought for sure that getting off the bus would feel refreshing because it was sooooo hot on that bus, but it turns out it was even hotter outside. Yikes it sure was hot this trip. Car moving mission accomplished (with only two trips through the Poly parking lot to find the exit) we made it over to the Contemporary just in time.

I wasn't all that impressed with dinner. By this point I was starving, but was also all drinked out from earlier in the day. I had envisioned ordering a bottle of wine with dinner, but the prices ($45.00 +) and my slight hangoverish feeling coupled with red monster cramps left me less than jumping at the opportunity, we opted for water. We ordered the dragon roll appetizer and I was dissapointed that it didn't look like a dragon, it did taste good though:
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I ordered the steak and grizzly ordered the scallops:

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The food was good, but I felt it was too expensive when coupled with the overall atmosphere. Speaking of atmosphere, I would best describe the California Grill's atmosphere as a 'noisy cafeteria with a good view'. It was so noisy that Grizzly and I had trouble talking to one another, and it wasn't that the noise was from music so at least you could listen to music, it was just general pots and pans clacking and loud conversations. Very noisy. Not the best placed for a romantic meal. Our bill came to $122.00 and I felt that was really high considering we didn't have any drinks or dessert, and the dragon roll didn't even look like a dragon! I'm mainly upset about the dragon roll. Silly I know, but geesh. Since we were too full to order dessert our waiter brought us out our final cupcake of the day all wrapped up in a to go box. Inside was a piece of chocolate cake that we placed in our car before heading out for a small jaunt to the MK.
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Trip report with a potty training toddler: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2987412
I survived a trip with MIL: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3040750
A Magic Kingdom Ultimate Tour Adventure http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...92&postcount=1
First trip with Magic Bands http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3170056
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Old 07-24-2012, 12:28 PM   #17
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A Final Magic Kingdom Jaunt

After dinner we changed into more appropriate park romping clothes and headed over the the MK. We wanted to do two things: Ride haunted mansion, and play that sorcerers scavenger hunt game. I don't know the proper name for the sorcerers game, but it was pretty awesome. I'm not a 'walk slow and appreciate the details' kind of disney traveller, so I really liked this activity because it gave you something to do while appreciating the details. I love all the clever ways the imagineers incorporated the portals into the general disney decor. We did the Main Street hunt, and we had to hunt down Cruella Deville. I imagine that the story is different everytime because the fireworks were going off while we were chasing her, and the story kept mentioning how she was using the noise of the fireworks to disguise her evil deeds. I thought this was pretty clever and kind of cool. After catching Cruella we rode haunted mansion and headed for home because I was completely beat. So much for taking advantage of extra magic hours, I don't even think we made it to Wishes. We walked over to our car, and of course our inability to drive anywhere in Walt Disney World caught up with us and instead of ending up at the BW we ended up at Downtown Disney. We finally decided to ask Jill (our GPS) how to get back to our hotel, except I set her wrong and she took us all the way back to the Contemporary again! Aaargh, stupid GPS. Our second try we successfully made it to our hotel, found a great parking spot by the tennis courts and went to sleep.
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I survived a trip with MIL: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3040750
A Magic Kingdom Ultimate Tour Adventure http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...92&postcount=1
First trip with Magic Bands http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3170056
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Old 07-25-2012, 12:38 PM   #18
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Leaving Day

Oh No!!!!! It's our last day. We had our alarms set to 10:00am which we figured would give us enough time to pack and get out of the room by 11am. We both woke up before the alarm and set about packing by 9:30ish. I was sad to be heading out, and very tired. Here I am with all my stuff ready for the plane. 1 backpack, 1 pair of jeans to change into, and 1 giant mickey for my 2.5 year old boy waiting for me at home, and racoon eyes from lack of sleep:


Our plans for the day consisted of eating lunch at Earl of Sandwhich, and then heading over to the AMC and catching two movies. Before lunch we did a little shopping and each bought new hats. EOS was delicious as usual. For movies we watched a 1:10 Men in Black 3, and a 3:30 Ice Age 3. The Ice Age movie happened to be in the dining side of the theater so we went over there and ordered some beer and food. We both got the chicken fingers and I was a little dissapointed because they weren't real chicken tenders, but were just a glorified chicken nugget. Tasty, but I was expecting real chicken so I felt ripped off. The beer was yummy. I was starting to get really nervous by the end of the movie because they hadn't yet come around to collect our bills and it was already 5:00pm. I started fretting about the time. Our flight was at 8:05pm and we had to get gas and return a rental car. We ended up getting out of there around 5:15pm, and scooted off to the airport. On the way we saw a sign for gas so we got off, only to be told by another sign that the two gas stations were 1.2 miles and 3.4 miles away! Grrrrr....We went to the closer one anyway. Turns out there was a gas station right at the exit to the airport and it was the same price as the one in the middle of nowhere. Hopefully we'll remember for next time.

Getting through security at MCO was horrendous. You'd think with all the amusement parks in the area someone would be able to make a decent line, but MCO has yet to figure this out. All I could think while they tried to funnel 300 people from 5 queues into 1 queue was "IDIOTS IDIOTS IDIOTS". We eventually make it through, find some of the deluxe Southwest seats at our gate and recharge our phones for the flight home. Grizzly runs and grabs us some peanut butter shakes as our final vacation snack. We get home and into bed by 12:30am. Sad our mini vacation is over, but very excited to see our son the next day.
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Trip report with a potty training toddler: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2987412
I survived a trip with MIL: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3040750
A Magic Kingdom Ultimate Tour Adventure http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...92&postcount=1
First trip with Magic Bands http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3170056
Post Holiday Trip Report http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3201404
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Old 07-25-2012, 12:40 PM   #19
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Overall Impressions and Future Plans

Overall Impressions and Future Plans

This trip I learned that I DO NOT like leaving late on the day of departure. I prefer to just get up and get home. I hated having a flight over my head all day, it made me feel unsettled, and constantly worried about missing the flight even though it was very late in the evening. I think I inherited this trait from my Dad, who was always very grumpy on travel days when I was a kid. I hated leaving late so much that when we got home we changed our flights for our January trip so that we could leave in the morning instead of the evening.

I loved the Boardwalk. It was sooooo nice to be able to walk to two parks. For a few hours I was actually sad we didn't purchase at Boardwalk instead of Animal Kingdom, but then I had to remind myself that AK has more years left, and has the value rooms available which we have already taken advantage of. I'm sure we'll have plenty of chances to stay at BW over the years.

I loved having an adults only trip. It was blissful to not have to think about my son for four days. It was a nice change to be on our own schedule instead of planning everything around his much needed nap. I think we will try to do an adults only getaway at least every other year as points allow.

I liked wearing my anniversary button and hearing people say "Happy Anniversary!" all the time. It reminded us why we were there, and amplified how happy I was that we had made it 10 years. It also helped start conversations with strangers in line because they would ask how long we had been married.

When we got back we were going over our trip with MIL and FIL, and MIL decided she wanted to go with us. This was a huge step for her because I know she has always wanted to go, but FIL has been holding her back. Well she finally decided to go without him. We immediately changed our January 1 bedroom reservation to a two bedroom so she would have her own space. I'm glad she's going, but want to limit the stress and conflict as much as possible, so a 2 bedroom was absolutely necessary.

So lined up for future trips we have:
September 23-29th 1 Bedroom Value Jambo House (me, Grizzly, son)
January 22-28th 2 Bedroom Lock off Kidani (me, Grizzly, son, MIL)

I'm off to go learn about scooter rentals and touring plans for seniors. Wish me luck! I'll definitely be reporting on the MIL trip because it will be a miracle if I can hold my tongue for 6 straight days.

If you made it this far thank you all for reading! See you in September.
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Trip report with a potty training toddler: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2987412
I survived a trip with MIL: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3040750
A Magic Kingdom Ultimate Tour Adventure http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...92&postcount=1
First trip with Magic Bands http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3170056
Post Holiday Trip Report http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3201404
Non-Fancy Fanatics at VGF http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3268362
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I think your anniversary/adults get-away trip sounded like alot fun-exhausting, but fun-you did so much! The mimosa monorail tour really appealed to me. We usually just sit on our balcony with a glass of wine (empty nesters) but I would love to try that!
And happy 10th anniversary!
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I think your anniversary/adults get-away trip sounded like alot fun-exhausting, but fun-you did so much! The mimosa monorail tour really appealed to me. We usually just sit on our balcony with a glass of wine (empty nesters) but I would love to try that!
And happy 10th anniversary!
I would say the mimosa monorail tour was my favorite part of the trip because it was relaxing yet a fun adventure at the same time. Next time we'll make it a monorail/boat mimosa tour and check our Wilderness Lodge too. Thanks for reading!
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Plus our Anniversary Vacation: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2954701
Trip report with a potty training toddler: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2987412
I survived a trip with MIL: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3040750
A Magic Kingdom Ultimate Tour Adventure http://www.disboards.com/showpost.ph...92&postcount=1
First trip with Magic Bands http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3170056
Post Holiday Trip Report http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3201404
Non-Fancy Fanatics at VGF http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3268362
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