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Old 08-28-2012, 09:37 PM   #136
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First park



I will finish replies later . Wanted to get this at the top.


I was entering my first park.
This was your hint.



How many got it right?



I was heading to the



Driving was an adventure of sorts. The AK parking lot is so massive and well I will admit a wrong turn was made but finally I got parked, caught the tram and got through bag check and went inside.

I quickly snapped off this to remember where the car was parked.



Somehow I have no pictures of my FIRST Time parking at a park beside the area where it was parked. Horrible.

This was very similar to the Street Party a couple of years ago for the Summer Nightastic theme.

There was a band.



And dancing



Dinner was a Turkey and Swiss on Focaccia - served with chipotle mayonnaise and apple slices or chips $8.99 No picture – sorry guys I guess I was hungry so no picture.

After listening to the music and eating, it was time to do something. Hmmm What to do, what to do.

Another easy one for the Dorks out there. Name that queue.












Ready for the answer????






Another hint





The safari of course.





I got the front as well as the back









I finally got the whole sign.



As we pass the monkeys who are not out … again… the driver says he is going to turn on the radio and the song comes on so he gets excited and says oh good the monkeys really like this song.

Mingos



A headless cheetah



Ah here is the head but no body.







Passing by the area being refurbed for the zebras as we say goodbye to the Little Red storyline.





Since it was close to closing, it was time to hit EE.

CONTINUED....
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Old 08-28-2012, 09:40 PM   #137
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On the way the required shot of the tree.



Close up



Even Closer



The former Taste of Africa has expanded. Asia had some special offerings.









A short wait for EE



Not quite sunset but always a great view.



Now for the horrible….
No ride photo

Now the decision was either ride EE more or head over to Dinosaur.



Dinosaur won.

Another ride, another photo? Nope Missed that one too. See Horrible trip. Bad DISer.

At least the pole dancing Dinos stood still for me to get a clear shot.





Upon exiting the pictureless proof of Dinosaur the park was closed. It was after 7pm. Now I had to remember where I parked the car.

I think these guys were lost too.



The car was right where I left it. Nothing horrible there.

Now there was a sunset going on.





Even though the day was spent driving, I could not leave so soon.


But where to ?
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Old 08-28-2012, 09:54 PM   #138
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Sometimes those drives to Disney can seem to take forever, and sometimes they seem to just fly by! I guess breaking the trip up where you didn't have to drive the whole thing really helped.
I guess so. I am driving straight in Oct so I guess I can compare.

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Looks like Animal Kingdom to me.........
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Can't remember ever having a bad experience staying at a Hampton! And you can't beat having Mickey waffles at an off site hotel!!!

Hampton

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Hopefully you only said it, and didn't do it!!! Guessing there was a huge sigh of relief when it was all over.......
I think my mouth was louder for sure. It was a scare but it all worked out.


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Agreeing completely with that my friend!!!
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Being from NY, she probably gave him one of these...........
Oh I can be loud when I have to be.

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Sounds like some mighty fine driving to avoid that disaster for sure!
I love having a car at Disney and the ability to make a quick trip when needed, such as to an ADR! Good to have access to that Disney transportation too at times..........
Or give someone a ride to the airport.

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I'll never understand you "runners". Running on vacation? Ugh.
I have to get moving. I committed to a half in Jan and well I am beginning to think I should have been committed for thinking I could do it.


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This is gorgeous Pat! Love how that giant tree's arches are hanging over the road somewhat.
They are beautiful


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I despise 95, I really do. We end up traveling on it for what seems to amount to over 10 hours! It's so boring. Well, except for the excitement of seeing the "South of the Border" signs that plague the interstate. Nothing good comes from South Carolina, right Marvie?



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Ya, that's the kind of dr. a man would want making incisions in their nether region! Yikes.
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Which Hampton Inn?? We're contemplating a trip and since we have to drive for a million hours, we thought staying in the DTD for our arrival night made sense.
It is the one Lake Buena Vista. Right at the end of Hotel resorts Blvd.
YOu can go to the hilton honors site and search around Lake Buena Vista and then map the one near Crossorads.


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Pray tell, what choice words did you use once the alarm system was activated??

A whole lot of ^$&#$@%$$&*^(& I am sure.


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Ahhhh, now that's more like it.



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My girls are dying to stay here! But I'm kind of addicted to the deluxe resorts.
I know. Having DVC really is going to spoil me.


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Back to the Hampton Inn? Kidding, clearly it's AK.


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Oh hush up you.
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Fun update, Pat. I can't believe, however, that you forgot to take pictures at the rides.

Love the pictures on the safari...especially the girafee.

I'm going to guess you went to Epcot.
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Old 08-28-2012, 10:07 PM   #140
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Great start! Your beach time sounds fun & very relaxing.

I'm sorry you almost got hit outside the gates - yikes!!

Can't wait to hear all about your adventures!


Beach time is always good, unless there is a hurricane I guess.

Adventure is up.

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Oh that makes me feel better as I'm a lousy Judy spotter (never there fast enough) and I think Glen has movie quote spotting on speed dial so never make it time there either!



I do have the time difference working against me.
Most times I totally blow spotting the Judys. Sometimes I just get lucky.

Movie quoting not my thing.

Doing a where in the world? That I can do.

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Wow. His name was Dr. Vasectomy? So people give themselves names now like Dr. Frankenfurter? I kid, I kid. But the crazy eyes? Yup, that would be a no go for me.
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That's not cool that your car had a sudden cloaking device. I thought only Romulans had those....oh and Klingons nevermind. Wow, NERD ALERT! I'm glad that nothing happened though. I am convinced that people just cannot drive.
You got me a NERD and that makes you one too
People cannot drive and they all seem to congregate at teh same intersection.

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We could create a punch buggy game at WDW, but instead use Art of Animation buses. Who's with me?

I'm thinking that was the Animal Kingdom. Good choice.
I with you on the punch buggy game. My kids drove me nuts with that when they were young.

AK - Correct.
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Fun update, Pat. I can't believe, however, that you forgot to take pictures at the rides.

Love the pictures on the safari...especially the girafee.

I'm going to guess you went to Epcot.
I tell you - horrible. Either they were so totally blurry or I just could not get it in time.

I can usually get one good picture from the safari and lots of pictures of the "african Blur"

1 guess for EPCOT.
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Sounds like your trip started off with a great time at the beach with friends, even the four legged kind.

Cute dogs, I love the picture you got of the one doing it's flying nun impression.

Dr. V, huh? We have a Doctor of Urology with signs up here too, you'll see billboards for him here in the Austin area, his name is Dr. Chopp, and no I'm not kidding. Guess what his first name is??......Richard. I couldn't make this stuff up even if I tried!

Oh the horror of staying off site. Sounds like a lot of others have stayed at and liked the Hampton Inn, I'll have to keep that in mind incase I need to use them in the future.

So glad you were able to avoid the crash, I hate it when your jolted into reality like that. We actually had a wreck exactly like that once, we were the one's hit. Thank goodness we were in a big truck and no one was hurt. Glad you weren't either.


Hitting a park as soon as you could, who would have thunk it? I hope to see you actually relaxed a bit and didn't run commando the whole time you were there.

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Sounds like a great start! You are correct, the tree shot is required.

I can forgive the forgotten food and ride photos since you got the pole dancing dinos.
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The street parties look like fun!

What time did you get to the park? Looked like you had pretty short waits for everything!
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Driving was an adventure of sorts. The AK parking lot is so massive and well I will admit a wrong turn was made
...and suddenly you were on a dirt road with animals all around you!

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Somehow I have no pictures of my FIRST Time parking at a park beside the area where it was parked. Horrible.
That's ok. Parking lots aren't that exciting.

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As we pass the monkeys who are not out … again… the driver says he is going to turn on the radio and the song comes on so he gets excited and says oh good the monkeys really like this song.
Was it the Monkees?

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Passing by the area being refurbed for the zebras as we say goodbye to the Little Red storyline.
We'll have to get ready to ignore a new storyline now!

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A short wait for EE


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Now for the horrible….
No ride photo


Another ride, another photo? Nope Missed that one too. See Horrible trip. Bad DISer.


Not much horrible in this horrible trip. Which is fine.
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Wow, you got some really great shots. Loved the Tree of Life, view from EE and the sunset pictures the most. Lucky you, you got the fronts of some animals on your safari. I usually just get the rears.

I need a hint for where you're headed next.
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I am going to 2nd that Wow and say I love your safari pictures - mine NEVER turn out that great!!!
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You are in the park! And parked. Which I agree, is an ordeal in it's own way. You got quite a bit in for a late arrival, nicely done!

Funny, I never really think of sunset pictures at the world, pretty!

Somehow I can't imagine you are headed back to the Hampton for dinner.

And since it's YOU, it's likely more park somewhere. Let's see, you've already eaten dinner so it's either based on park hours, parades or fireworks. And it's only what, 7:30 maybe? Plenty of time to make Wishes or Illuminations. Or go sit on the beach at the Poly, or roam around and peek at GFV construction or...


hmmn.
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Read your update last night so I could see pics, but I forget what they were

OK, seriously, how could you forget the redneck ride photos? Is that possible? See what happens when you drive 8 hours. You get forgetful.

As far as dinner - I am going to guess WPE WITHOUT the peas!
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