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Old 01-22-2013, 01:33 AM   #361
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I shouldn't be reading this site right now, but I can't help it.

It actually started pouring again when you went down the Splash Mountain flume? I'm not going on that ride with you anymore. (although I could make an exception for the Disneyland version, if the opportunity ever came up )

Even if I don't get to post as often (this is quite possibly my busiest semester yet), please know that I'm still here and love reading your updates when I get the chance!
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:31 AM   #362
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Wow. Wow wow wow. I cannot get over your Brown Derby experience!!! That sounds really awful - we actually were considering adding that to our ADR lineup for our honeymoon trip - not anymore!!!!

Yay for your CP breakfast! We love it there!! That's too funny about you triggering the rain on Splash Mountain! I guess you're going to get wet anyways, so it isn't a big deal!!
I feel bad for anyone who changes their plans due to my HBD review. I really think it was the exception... we loved it the two other times we've been before and I honestly will return. (If we have another lousy experience it may change my mind!)

And I LOVE CP breakfast for so many reasons... puffed french toast, piglet, early park open!

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Wow what a long update!! Do you take notes on your trips or journal? It looks like you guys had so much fun! I love all your character meets, you have great pictures from them. Tigger is one of my favorite characters to meet in Disney we always have such great interactions with him.
Hi Sarah! Yeah, I was trying to get as many updates as I could since I've been so busy with work - argh!

I definitely take some notes and I rely a lot on my photos... I take photos of some lame things to remind myself of what we did and when... like I take photos of my phone for marking the time.

We, or rather I had a lot of fun with the characters. Tigger is just a bundle of fun!!

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Great updates!! Well, actually I just read all of them since early Dec. I had fallen behind on the Dis. I finally got around to starting my DR & TR just this past week.

I had completely forgotton about the HBD experience!! I cant imagine why you didnt want to wait 100 min for TSM

Looks like you guys encountered lots of rain those last few days, but you got some cute purchases out of the deal
Hi Debra! I will have to get caught up with your reviews as well. I've been a bad Diser lately with infrequent updates and not a lot of time between work and life outside the Dis.

Ahhhh yes, not going to wait over 1.5 hrs. for TSMM... it's a great ride but not THAT great.

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I'm still reading along!

Can't wait to hear about the BLT pool! I think it might be warm enough during our trip for a little dip at least on one day....
I think you officially leave in what, llike 24 hrs?? How exciting!!! I looked at the temps and it looks like low to mid 70's for the next 10 days. I think it may just be warm enough for you to take a dip in the pool! Enjoy your trip!

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Great updates! That's really nice that your DH and DD are so willing to meet characters. That's always an issue with my DH, he won't wait more than 5 minutes.

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Ha! My DH was reluctant for some characters but he did better than I thought. At least I had him as our personal photographer when he didn't feel like posing with us and characters.

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Brenda you are spoiling us with so many great updates!

Firstly I am delighted to get the credit for leading you to the dark side that is the Nutella waffle sandwich

Love the photos of you and Em at DHS .... Such fun !!

The ride photo from Splash Mountain is a classic
Yes Linda - you were the inspiration for the nutella waffle sandwich. Oh so good!

I should have explained the SM photo ... Michael was wearing his Captain America shirt so he felt that he needed to be saving the damsels! He just couldn't save us from being drenched. Em did the "I'm scared" look and I went for the cutsie pose. Yep, we're odd!

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I shouldn't be reading this site right now, but I can't help it.

It actually started pouring again when you went down the Splash Mountain flume? I'm not going on that ride with you anymore. (although I could make an exception for the Disneyland version, if the opportunity ever came up )

Even if I don't get to post as often (this is quite possibly my busiest semester yet), please know that I'm still here and love reading your updates when I get the chance!
Awww, I'm glad you are still around. I know you are having a heck of a semester but at least you were able to squeeze in a WDW trip in December!!! Loved the live updates on Jabead's thread!

I agree, anyone who goes on SM with us needs to be forewarned about getting more than a little wet... we must have some bad juju for the weather and that ride!

Glad to see that you found Em's PDR that she started! I'm glad she is taking over that since I've not got a lot free time these days.

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Old 01-23-2013, 01:54 PM   #363
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I just found your daughters PDR and of course am following along!

I totally understand about not having much time for the Dis.
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:59 PM   #364
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Yikes! I thought we had a bad time at Brown Derby... you win.

We would be willing to eat there again as the food was GREAT, but our server was just a big grump. It definately put a damper on the whole experience.

I'm glad your next meal was the fantastic Crystal Palace breakfast - Pooh and Tigger always make everything better.
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:55 AM   #365
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I totally understand about not having much time for the Dis.
Hi Debra! I'm so glad that you are following along for her PDR!

Yeah.... I mean't to do an update tonight but I'm pooped so I think I'll put it off for another day.

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Yikes! I thought we had a bad time at Brown Derby... you win.

We would be willing to eat there again as the food was GREAT, but our server was just a big grump. It definately put a damper on the whole experience.

I'm glad your next meal was the fantastic Crystal Palace breakfast - Pooh and Tigger always make everything better.
Hi Jenny! I just read your Feb. 2012 report and couldn't stop reading! (I wanted to see what was up with your HBD meal but I'll have to stay tuned for that it looks like!)

Definitely CP was a wonderful dining experience for me.... DH and Em are not quite the fan that I am.
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Old 01-25-2013, 01:40 AM   #366
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Tuesday August 28, 2012: Day 11, Part 2

We walked back to BLT and while Em chilled in the room Michael and I went to the pool to cool off. As many times as we have been to BLT we have never made it to the pool so I was pretty proud of myself that I finally got in a bathing suit this trip.

There were plenty of empty lounger chairs and pool towels were available near the lockers. There is a snack bar with a limited menu and you can order cocktails.







Pool towels

One item on my list of 18 from Jabead was to be spit out of the clowns mouth at the BWI pool. Unfortunately, I didnt make it to the pool at the Boardwalk but I was going to try and redeem my task by completing it here. There were a lot of kids using the slide but there were also adults mixed in so we figured we would fall in line behind some 7 year olds!

There is a red-light/green-light signal to let you know when you are clear to proceed down the slide safely. Michael video-taped my completion of this task here. (You'll have to patiently await my descent at the 28 second mark!) We both went down the slide a few times it was a lot of fun!


Back in the room we were beat so a nap was welcome! We had an 8:50pm ADR at WL for dinner at Artist Point and by the time we napped, showered and were ready to head out it was very near our ADR so we took a taxi over to WL instead of the boat launch. Here's the link to my AP dinner review.

Not wanting to leave the beautiful hotel quickly we wandered around the lobby and took more photos. We also availed ourselves of the rocking chairs by the windows to enjoy the rustic beauty of the lodge.








When we finally moved on to go to the dock to get the boat back to CR/BLT Michael spotted some type of wild cat type creature crossing the bridge in the wooded area. He described it as an ocelot type critter. Im not sure what it would be but I was a little curious as to what was lurking in the dark.

What lurks out here?



The boat didnt take long to arrive and after a stop at Ft. Wilderness we headed over to CR. It was a beautiful clear evening with the rain having stopped earlier in the evening. The boat skipper told us that all of the watercraft are stored north of BLT thats why I saw them on Bay Lake early in the mornings heading south and towards Seven Seas Lagoon. I had wondered where they housed the boats at night so now I knew!






Back in the room we watched some TV before calling it a night around midnight.


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Hi Jenny! I just read your Feb. 2012 report and couldn't stop reading! (I wanted to see what was up with your HBD meal but I'll have to stay tuned for that it looks like!)
It's not nearly as exciting (horrible?) as your evening, but it was still rather frustrating. Don't worry - it will be coming up!


Congratulations to you for getting to your resort pool! I'm never good at getting to the pool at Disney World, so I'm going to aim to do that more on our upcoming trip. I'd also like to zoom down the CSR pool slide!
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Wednesday August 29, 2012: Day 12, Part 1


This was a pretty exciting day because I had a Dismeet planned after lunch. Throughout the day it morphed into a far more exciting event but I’m getting ahead of myself with that. First there is breakfast to be eaten and parks to be toured.

I initially woke up far too early at 5:15am. I took a few photos of the beautiful morning from our balcony. I eventually fell back asleep on the living room couch until about 7am. We had an 8:35am ADR at ‘Ohana for breakfast so we had to get moving to the monorail.

The Avengers monorail train was shuttling mere mortals:

We had a great character breakfast at ‘Ohana that you can read here.










After adding the photopass picture to our account at the Poly we took the monorail to MK for a few hours. I wanted to get more photos with characters! But first, we shopped on Main Street, we needed to make final purchases since this was the last full day of our trip.





Eventually, we made it to Adventureland and joined the line to see Ariel and Eric. It was about a 20 minute wait before they were brought out to greet the guests. We’ve had mediocre interaction with Ariel in the past but today it was priceless! I noted her adorable shoes and was glad that she had feet so she could dance with her prince. She went on to compare our feet! So cute!

We've all got feet!




Snakes!!!


After that we headed to see Jasmine and Aladdin. Their line was pretty long and slow moving and didn’t have a lot of shade. We were roasting!! Poor Michael, he wasn’t thrilled to pose with any characters at this point let alone a princess that was showing her navel!! He hung in there and he even posed in one of our photos but he definitely wished that he was somewhere else for that 30 minutes! I may have told Aladdin that Eric had made fun of his little hat. Aladdin assured me that he would be taking a little carpet ride over to pay Eric a visit! I’m such trouble!






It was so blazing hot and Michael had been such a good sport that we decided to go back to the room and relax before heading to Epcot for lunch and later our Dismeet.

Next Up: Lunch and a Dismeet!!!!

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It's not nearly as exciting (horrible?) as your evening, but it was still rather frustrating. Don't worry - it will be coming up!


Congratulations to you for getting to your resort pool! I'm never good at getting to the pool at Disney World, so I'm going to aim to do that more on our upcoming trip. I'd also like to zoom down the CSR pool slide!
Hi Jenny! Ok, I will hang in there so we can compare notes. There were some positives there and honestly I really, really liked it both times before this dinner so I will go back. Em perhaps not so fast as me.

It was really nice to enjoy the pool and yes, even the slide! I wasn't going to do the slide but so many adults were and I figured, what the heck! It was my substitute task for Jabead's List of 18 things to complete.

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AP really is such a gorgeous restaurant! I cannot WAIT to go back there! Love that Berry Cobbler dessert!

Interesting fact about where the boats go at night - I had wondered that as well!

Those giant rice krispies are awesome - I wonder if people really buy the ones that size though!
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Artist point is on our short list for DH and my getaway in October. BLTs pool looks great! We never spend enough time in the pool on our trips. Can't wait to read more!
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Trying to get caught up, but so far I have only made it to the end of your Brown Derby review. Oh, my!!!

Your character pictures with Merida (wow, her area is amazing) and Tigger/Pooh are awesome. How do the character meet and greets compare with DL?

Thanks for sharing the pictures of the menu and your snacks from Sleepy Hollow. I can't believe that the funnel cake is a snack credit! Well, without the strawberries, anyway.

I want to get a you an "I survived my meal at HBD" Unreal! Talk about meeting everyone in the establishment! Bartender, Chef, Manager. At least you didn't have an up close and personal meet & greet with Remy!

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Loved, loved, loved your evening at HS/Crystal Palace Update.

Very cute pictures of all of you horsing around the Streets of America- antics obviously not fueled by all of the alcohol you DIDN'T consume at dinner.

What a pretty master plan you have! It is smart to be prepared to show your confirmation numbers if necessary. The one time I didn't have them with me was at Sci Fi and they couldn't find my reservation!

I love Halloween! I love the fall decorations at Disney, particularly at MK. But August? Seriously?

Someday I want to do the early breakfast/empty park thing.

Breakfast at CP looked awesome. I am so excited that you met Pinkgirl! I know her from the BC/YC FAQ board. What a nice, funny person she is! She shared some of her wedding photos with us and posted one of my favorite pictures of all time on the board.

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Unfortunately, it didn't work out. Pinkgirl wanted to take them back to the UK, but, surprisingly, the noodles were inflexible. They wanted to stay at Stormalong Bay. Can't say I blame them!






I'm glad you had a fun Peter Pan, but from your pictures, it looks like he DID grow up! Usually the one I see looks much younger.

What a great picture of BTM! Where is that taken from?

Bummer about getting soaked on Splash from the ride and Mother Nature!

Plaza meal looked yummy!

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AP really is such a gorgeous restaurant! I cannot WAIT to go back there! Love that Berry Cobbler dessert!

Interesting fact about where the boats go at night - I had wondered that as well!

Those giant rice krispies are awesome - I wonder if people really buy the ones that size though!
We're fellow AP cobbler lovers!!

Yeah the boats... I always ask the probing questions like, is the HM really an elevator at the beginning? Is Splash Mtn. really a mountain? And of course, why is there no tea served at the Mad Tea Party?

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Artist point is on our short list for DH and my getaway in October. BLTs pool looks great! We never spend enough time in the pool on our trips. Can't wait to read more!
AP will be a great choice for the two of you! Thanks for continuing to read Sarah!

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Trying to get caught up, but so far I have only made it to the end of your Brown Derby review. Oh, my!!!

Your character pictures with Merida (wow, her area is amazing) and Tigger/Pooh are awesome. How do the character meet and greets compare with DL?

I'm glad you asked Dee. Recently we heard Jessie speaking to her handler. It was so un-magical. There were no kids around but still... she was trying to guesture something to the guy with her and he didn't understand what she was "saying" so she "whispered" to him but you could totally hear her.

Thanks for sharing the pictures of the menu and your snacks from Sleepy Hollow. I can't believe that the funnel cake is a snack credit! Well, without the strawberries, anyway.

I want to get a you an "I survived my meal at HBD" Unreal! Talk about meeting everyone in the establishment! Bartender, Chef, Manager. At least you didn't have an up close and personal meet & greet with Remy!

Back to reading.
Ha! Remy was loose that night! Love the T-shirt idea.

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Loved, loved, loved your evening at HS/Crystal Palace Update.

Very cute pictures of all of you horsing around the Streets of America- antics obviously not fueled by all of the alcohol you DIDN'T consume at dinner.

Ha ha! Yeah, fail on the attempt to get my drink on!

What a pretty master plan you have! It is smart to be prepared to show your confirmation numbers if necessary. The one time I didn't have them with me was at Sci Fi and they couldn't find my reservation!

I love Halloween! I love the fall decorations at Disney, particularly at MK. But August? Seriously?

Someday I want to do the early breakfast/empty park thing.

Breakfast at CP looked awesome. I am so excited that you met Pinkgirl! I know her from the BC/YC FAQ board. What a nice, funny person she is! She shared some of her wedding photos with us and posted one of my favorite pictures of all time on the board.

The Noodles Get Married, August 22, 2012
Unfortunately, it didn't work out. Pinkgirl wanted to take them back to the UK, but, surprisingly, the noodles were inflexible. They wanted to stay at Stormalong Bay. Can't say I blame them!




OMG!! That is a great photo!! It was great to say hi to her and her family on her Disneymoon. I didn't know her beforehand but she recognized Em at first. She is very sweet!


I'm glad you had a fun Peter Pan, but from your pictures, it looks like he DID grow up! Usually the one I see looks much younger.

What a great picture of BTM! Where is that taken from?

One of the bends in the inside queue..

Bummer about getting soaked on Splash from the ride and Mother Nature!

Plaza meal looked yummy!
I have to make my way over to the Resorts board - specifically the BC/YC thread since it's been a couple years since we've stayed there so I need to get caught up. I know I'll be in the right place to ask questions with you over there!

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Thank you for pointing that out. Ooops! it is now fixed. (Usually I test these but it was so late last nite when I posted.....)

Thank you for reading along!
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