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Old 09-14-2012, 04:24 PM   #31
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Loved Raglan Road!! and the Pie in the Sky does have a lot of garlic, but I love it like that!! And the bread pudding, all I can say is mmmmmmmm.

Loving your report! Brings back many great memories and makes me want to start planning the next trip!
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Under the railroad trestle...Mainstreet ahhhhh. I love the sights and sounds and smells of Main Street. And then the castle. It's never real until I'm walking down Main Street with the castle in view!
I did, too! I'm pretty sure it's my favorite one-credit table service restaurant. The castle is, to me, what makes it feel like Disney!

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Loovve Loovvvee so far!!

I love the pics of the Topiaries! Sorry that POC was broke down, that is one of my absolute favs!!

I LOVE that dress you have on and that shirt you wore to Epcot, Where did you get those from? They are beautiful on you!
Thank you! They're both just from Walmart. We love POC, too--it's not too wild or too mild, so I think it makes a great first ride of the day.
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Old 09-17-2012, 07:58 PM   #32
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Lunch at a DIS Favorite

Luch at a DIS Favorite
Monday, May 14:Part Two

Although Josh and I joined our party slightly late for lunch, it turned out that we had needed to wait a few minutes anyway, so everything was fine. We were eating at a DISBoards favorite--Le Cellier! We have eaten there many times before and always enjoyed it, but we didn't love the idea of giving up two credits for it, so we decided to go with a late lunch ADR. We said "Hi" to Uncle Brad, and then sat down to wait for about ten minutes. We were seated at a big table right near the entrance(and consequently, the dessert table), and our waitress came quickly to take our drink order. A couple of us decided to have the raspberry smoothie, which was quite tasty!



After we ordered our entrees, the wonderful bread basket came.



I could take or leave the others, but that pretzel bread is fantastic. It's like a soft pretzel, only softer, thicker and less salty.

Our entrees came fairly quickly. I had the Mushroom Filet, only with cream cheese mashed potatoes instead of the risotto. I always order it like that, not because I don't want the risotto, but because I really, really want those potatoes! They are amazing--Best. Potatoes. Ever. If you haven't had them, you really need to try them. They have just enough cream cheese flavor for you to taste it, without it being overwhelming.



I actually love the steak, too. The only word I can think of to describe it is buttery, by which I mean the texture rather than the flavor. It's great!

Mom, Dad and Josh all got the Filet the way it comes, and they all loved it, too.



Beth got the Roasted Chicken Cordon Bleu, which was supposed to come with a panzanella salad, but she really likes those potatoes, too! She was really happy with her meal as well.



Uncle Brad had the House Burger, which certainly looked delicious! He liked his meal a lot, also!



Josh also ordered a side of poutine.



This was not really that good. I grew up about an hour from the Canadian border, and have had real poutine many times. This tasted nothing like it. Real poutine uses cheese curd, which is delicious and brown gravy over fries. These fries were too thick, the cheese was just regular orange melted cheese and there was too much of it. We wouldn't order it again.

We walked over one at a time to check out the dessert table, and then placed our orders. We waited a rather ridiculous amount of time, before our waitress came over and said there had been a malfunction with the machines that send the orders to the kitchen, and our dessert would be right out. It arrived pretty quickly after that. I got this chocolate thingy that isn't on the AllEars menu.



It was kind of weird. It had a chewy layer in the middle that made me feel like I was eating paper. I didn't like it.

Beth had the cheesecake, which she absolutely loved!


Josh had the creme brulee. He also really liked it.



Dad had a lemon poppy seed cake that also had fruit. It was pretty good.



I don't recall what Mom had, but it was the same as someone else's, and Uncle Brad chose to forego dessert.

All in all, our meal was really good, and we enjoyed it,but it wasn't quite as good as it used to be.

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Old 09-24-2012, 06:30 PM   #33
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I'm Just a Little Black Rain Cloud

I'm Just a Little Black Rain Cloud
Monday, May 14:Part 3

At some point during our meal, Josh realized that he had lost his new pin(it had Chip and Dale on it), possibly during the Holy Grail show, so we decided that while the rest of the family took care of the check, I would go back to look for it, and after Josh caught up with me, we would continue on to meet the rest of the family for a ride on Soarin'. I quickly headed out of Canada,





and back into the UK in search of the pin.







As you can see, the sky was starting to look a bit ominous in that one direction, although it was still sunny and clear if you looked the other way. We didn't find the pin(we knew it was kind of a long shot), so we turned around and headed for Future World by going back out through Canada.







We were almost there when we noticed a character line near a bench under a tree. We looked to see who it was, and it was Snow White! I love getting character pics and autographs, and meeting Snow White was one of my big goals for this trip because I had looked for her on my two previous trips and been unable to find her. So, we figured the family woudn't mind if we took a couple of extra minutes, and we hopped in line. It took about five minutes to get to the front, and Snow White was great! She was really sweet--she noticed our anniversary buttons and was commenting on how I had already found my prince.





After our quick pit stop, we headed over to The Land,



and got into the twenty minute or so line for Soarin', which is a huge family favorite. I'm pretty sure all five of us would say it's one of our top two Epcot attractions!





After our little side trip to California(we had one of the awesome center front seats--Yay!), Dad, Mom, Beth and Uncle Brad wanted to do some of the very same attractions that Josh and I had already done, and I wanted to look for characters, so we split up again. Josh and I stopped for a couple of PP pics first.





Then, we headed back into the World Showcase in search of some more characters on my mental wish list. The sky was really starting to get dark now. Unfortunately, the forecast had been saying for several days that it was supposed to rain on literally every day of our trip except for the first one. I was really hoping this would not be true, and so far the weather had been beautiful, but it really looked like our luck was about to run out!



We had another photo shoot in one of my favorite PP spots.





Next, we lined up for Alice. We had to wait a bit for her to come out, but we were the second group in line, so we got to see her pretty quickly.



We noticed another line forming nearby, and asked a cast member who it was for. It turned out to be Mary Poppins! Yay! She was another character I was really hoping to meet. Once again we were second or third in line, and it was going to be a few minutes before she got there. At this point we were getting really worried about rain. We had forgotten our ponchos in the hotel room, and the sky looked like it was going to open up at any moment. The CM said that if it started to rain, Mary would be moving inside. Just as we were beginning to wonder if maybe she had moved inside and they had forgotten to tell us, Mary came walking up the street looking practically perfect in every way. She was an awesome Mary Poppins, very prim and proper. We got a quick picture,



And just then, it started to rain! We ran and hid out in one of the little gift shops there in the UK. It was the tea shop, which is connected to the perfume shop.





I could see these topiaries through the doorway.



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I'm Just a Little Black Rain Cloud, Cont.

We walked around the connected shops about five times and stood out under an awning to watch the storm. At this point it had been about half an hour and the rain was not showing any sign of slowing down, so we decided to make a mad dash for the next pavilion in hopes of getting some new shops to look around. We had forgotten about the International Gateway, so that was where we ended up, and now it was raining just as hard, the next pavilion looked too far away, and we were stuck in one rather small shop. We looked around for another twenty minutes or so.





It suddenly occurred to us to see if the boats were running. The Epcot area resorts would have a lot of things to look at and were enclosed, so maybe we could hang out there until the rain stopped, and then head to EMH at the Studios. Unfortunately, lightning was expected, so the boats wouldn't be running until the storm was over. What to do? What to do? Not wanting to stay in that little shop for who knew how long, we decided to buy an umbrella and walk to the Epcot Resort area. This turned out to be a great idea! The walk is surprisingly short and very pleasant.



First, we came upon the Boardwalk.











We popped into the ESPN store, which also has an arcade, and looked around for a while. I really loved these Toy Story koosh balls that were avaiable as a prize.



If those had just been for sale, I would have bought them for sure!
Next, we went into the bakery:









And the candy store:





We weren't hungry enough to buy anything, but it sure did all look yummy! We walked past the Flying Fish:



And visited the General Store:



Before moving on past the Swan and Dolphin.



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I'm Just a Little Black Rain Cloud, Cont. Again

We weren't really interested in seeing the inside of the Swan and Dolphin, so we just continued on to the Yacht Club.





Although the rain was finally letting up a little, we were still glad the entire walkway through the Yacht and Beach Clubs was covered. We peeked at the amazing pool area.





Then, we continued through to the Beach Club, where we spent quite a lot of time checking out the large gift shop, as well as the beautiful decor.



By the time we had seen everything, the storm was mostly over, and the boats to DHS were running again, so we went over to the little dock to catch a boat.



This ended up being such a fun afternoon, despite the rain. I'm really glad we decided to go over there. The Epcot resorts are so peaceful and beautiful! There was plenty to look at while we waited out the storm.

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Hooray for Hollywood

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Monday, May 14:Part Four

When the boat arrived, I was pleasantly surprised to see that it was fully enclosed with actual windows instead of just having a canopy. Since it was still sprinkling a bit, this was very nice. The ride to DHS was quick and pleasant. We were really impressed with how nice it was to hop between these two parks via boat rather than bus.

By the time we arrived at DHS, the rain had finally stopped completely. We had our bags checked and moved through the turnstiles.







We decided to head for the Tower of Terror, which I rode for the first time on my 2010 trip, and was shocked to say I loved! I'm not a big drop person, so I thought I would hate it, but this drop is tiny! If you like Everest, the Tower should be fine for you as well.













We also stopped for few Photopass pics along the way.















Okay, so apparently, it was quite a lot of Photopass pics! We arrived at the entrance to the Tower, and there was a line, but it was only about fifteen minutes, so we hopped right in. I love this queue area. There is so much beautiful architecture and creepy detail. I always end up taking a million pictures!







Once we got inside, a lot of the pictures came out blurry, but it's still amazing in there!







The ride was as awesome as always, a great way to kick off our visit to the Studios!



We exited through the gift shop, which is one of my favorite post-ride shops in Disney.






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Hooray for Hollywood, Cont.

After Tower of Terror, we were both getting pretty hungry, so we decided to set off in search of something to eat. We passed by the street scenes:









I got Josh to pose on this Star Wars thingy(it was going to be Star Wars Weekends--more on that later):



And we quickly walked past our friends, the Muppets:





It was at about his time that we got a phone call, saying that Dad, Mom and Beth were tired and done for the night, but Uncle Brad would like to meet up and spend the evening with us. So, we decided to continue on to Pizza Planet for dinner, and he could meet us there, as he had already eaten. I have never been to Pizza Planet before, but I love Pizzafari, so I figured it would be good choice for dinner. We arrived, placed our order and headed for a nearby table so we would be easy to find.





I had a cheese pizza meal, which came with a small caesar salad.



And Josh had a pepperoni pizza meal.



For dessert we had chocolate chip cookies.



I love Disney pizza! This meal was delicious. My only complaint is that they need a more varied dessert menu. The cookies were kind of boring. Uncle Brad arrived when we were about halfway through our meal. I was only going to eat half of my pizza, so he decided to have a piece. I didn't finish my cookie either--so. much. food!!

When we were done, we decided that since none of us had ridden the new Star Tours yet, and it wasn't too very far away, we would do that next. Once again, there was a line, but it wasn't bad.



The new queue is really fun.











Here is a short, not particularly good video of the safety announcement. Our flight was great, and ended up being our favorite one of the trip. We got to go through Corusant(sp?) at the end, and we were pointed almost straight down. It was really awesome! Once again, we exited through the gift shop.



I love that they had Star Wars girls' toys!





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I love your trip report. It's so detailed. I can't wait to hear about your cruise. We're thinking of going on the cruise next year!! Sounds like you had a great trip!! Thanks for sharing!!
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I love your trip report. It's so detailed. I can't wait to hear about your cruise. We're thinking of going on the cruise next year!! Sounds like you had a great trip!! Thanks for sharing!!

Thank you! I can't wait to write about the cruise--it was my favorite part of our vacation. You should definitely try it!


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Thank you! I am pretty much crazy about makeup, LOL. I never leave my apartment without at least eyeliner and mascara!
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Really enjoying your trip report. DH & I are going for an adults only 3 day quick trip in a month. First time wo kids since our 2000 honeymoon trip! It's nice to read a trip report from the perspective of two adults. We are also doing a cruise in May! Taking the kids for that trip. ; )
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Really enjoying your trip report. DH & I are going for an adults only 3 day quick trip in a month. First time wo kids since our 2000 honeymoon trip! It's nice to read a trip report from the perspective of two adults. We are also doing a cruise in May! Taking the kids for that trip. ; )
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Monday, May 14:Part Five

Having finished up our ride on Star Tours, we decided to head over to Toy Story Mania, which none of us had done yet this trip.





We stopped for a photographer and to check the times for the Little Mermaid show, which was not going to have another showing until later. (The last one for regular hours was running, and they take a break before they start running shows for EMH.)





I didn't care for this photographer. We didn't want to do a particular pose she suggested, and she got pretty pushy about it. It was a little bit embarrassing. We continued walking toward Toy Story.





The wait wasn't too bad, so we hopped in line.






















If you look closely in the last picture, you can see that Mr. Potato Head's ear is missing. I don't know if it just fell out or what happened, but it was really funny because after a little bit, a cast member came in, picked it up off of the ground and popped in right back in, just like with a regular Mr. Potato Head! We really got a kick out of that.





Here and here are some video of Mr. Potato Head.

In less time than we would have guessed, we boarded the ride and had a great time. We left the Toy Story area, and headed over to do a quick run through the Tower of Terror.







It only took a few minutes, as it was now EMH, and the lines were pretty short. We were just a bit early for the next show, but decided to head over to the Voyage of the Little Mermaid anyway.







We were in the holding area for about twenty minutes, and then it was time for the show!



It may be silly, but I love this show! It really does feel like you are under the sea, and, because the theater is small, the special effects reach everyone. If you haven't seen it, there are bubbles and mist and lasers--it's great! The show itself is pretty simple, but it's still one of my favorites!

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A Very Special Photograph(cont.)

Having immensely enjoyed the show, we headed over for a visit with our friends the Muppets. Josh loves the Muppets! They are some of his favorite characters, and I also really enjoy this show, although I feel like maybe they should remaster it or something to make the film and effects a little crisper.











After that, we headed back to Star Tours. The wait was minimal, so we rode it twice!





For our last stop of the night, we had something very special planned. On our 2008 trip, which was the last time he was there, Josh had decided to finish up an EMH night by taking a last minute ride on Tower of Terror. At the time, I was afraid to ride it, so he went by himself. When he got inside, there was pretty much no line, so on a whim, he asked to go by himself. The cast member said yes, and Josh was so excited about it that he bought the picture, and it's hanging in our home. So, on this trip, we decided we would try to reproduce it, only with me in the picture as well. We headed over to the Tower.



There was very little line, and we got to to elevators quickly. In another pixie dust moment, the cast member in charge was awesome! Not only did she get us our own elevator, she was very enthusiastic about it--I wish I remembered her name. When we got off, we went to buy the picture, and Uncle Brad insisted on paying as an anniversary gift. Thank you again, Uncle Brad!



After that, we headed out of the park for the night.



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A Magical Interlude

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Monday, May 14:Part Six

So, we hopped onto a bus and headed back to POR, rather tired from the long hours and the rain. When we arrived back at our resort, we got a special surprise. Remember that broken glass bottle in our suitcase? We had asked for help in cleaning it up, and earlier in the day, a Mousekeeper came by. She didn't speak much English, and when she saw the glitter in our bag, she basically just shook her head and said that they didn't have anything for that, only a floor vacuum. I'm not really sure she understood what we wanted. I found it hard to believe that they didn't have an attachment for their vacuum that could clean out a suitcase, but we decided to just sort of dump out the glitter and do our best with lint rollers, and we figured the whole thing was over--it was disappointing, but no big deal. Imagine our surprise, therefore, when upon entering our room, we were greeted with this:



At first, I thought maybe it was from my mom since she's a Disney fanatic too, and she knew we would be there, but the card said it was from Mickey Mouse, so we were a bit confused. Then we saw these:





What had broken was a glass bottle, larger than these but otherwise very similar, and we had actually seen these exact bottles at the Joann's at home right before we left. It was then that we realized that this was an apology basket, and that they had actually sent someone out to look for a replacement bottle. We were so incredibly impressed! I'm tearing up right now just writing about it and remembering! What other company would take such good care of a customer over an issue that the customer was partly to blame for? (Although we did so very carefully, we did pack glass in our suitcase and were aware that it might not arrive intact.) This was a huge pixie dust moment for us, and just proved yet again that WDW is the best place in the world! Here are a few more pictures of our lovely basket:







We opened our basket, enjoyed a small snack and headed to bed happy! Thank you again, to the wonderful cast members involved in our pixie dust moment. I'm sure you would have made Walt proud!

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