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Old 10-04-2012, 01:09 PM   #1
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Talking Zombies and Dole Whips and Rain...OH MY

Hello and welcome to our trip report. We have been back not quite a week from our 2 weeks in Orlando and yes, I am in that depressed post-Disney state. I thought writing our trip report would make me happy and help another DISer possibly. This was the second year we used a Passporter, which asks daily what the weather is like, the most magical experience of the day, best experience, worst, etc. I will start off each day with what we recorded.

SO…here’s a little about the characters- Elizabeth (42) and my hubby Marco (42). Since 2000, we have been heading to Orlando at least once and sometimes twice a year. We have stayed several different places and tried lots of great restaurants.






Details of this year
Dates: Sept 15-29
Resort: Caribbean Beach resort
Celebrating: 15th wedding anniversary

Getting there

We normally have the 6 am flight on a Sunday, but it was much cheaper to take the Saturday early evening flight, so off we go. Everything went really smoothly. So much so that our flight landed at 11:30 and just over 30 minutes later, we were in the rental car on the way to the resort (how great was that). We checked in (completely painless- took about 5 minutes with online check in) and I noticed the lobby smelled like coconut and pineapple. Very Cool.

We had an awesome room in Trinidad North, right around the corner from a quiet pool/laundry and there was a parking spot so close to our room. Our room was on the ground floor, which hubby loved but since I read on the DIS about snakes getting into rooms, I was not thrilled with, but it turns out everything was OK.

After thoroughly checking the room (for you know, snakes and cleanliness), we headed to bed.
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Day One

Day 1
Weather: Hot and humid
Best Thing: Narcoossee’s dinner and hearing my best friend had the dogs
Worst Thing: Screaming kid on Pirates of the Caribbean
Funniest Thing: Look on the face of the guy sitting in front of said screaming kid
New Thing: Saw the new circus area at Magic Kingdom
Magical Thing: Champagne at dinner

We slept until just after 8 am and packed up for the day. We headed to Whispering Canyon Café for breakfast (I had OJ and the eggs Benedict and DH had a mango smoothie and the special of banana bread French toast). It was yummy and as usual, the restaurant was loud and crazy.



I gave Humphry a pat on the nose for good luck before leaving.


We headed to Epcot and went to Soarin to get Fast Passes (FP). As we were leaving, a lady approached us and asked if we wanted FP to ride right now. How cool is that- yes we do. We often give away FPs, so I guess this was karma. LOVE that ride. We rode Living with the Land and headed to the Mexican pavilion, which is where we always have our first meal. We had time to ride the Grand Fiesta ride before lunch at San Angel.

I had a blood orange margarita, a Mexican shrimp cocktail/ceviche, chicken enchildas and Crema Bavaria for dessert. DH had the tortilla soup, a chicken breast entrée with sauce and I’m not really sure what he had for dessert (rice pudding would be my guess).

Here is what is on our receipt: Sopa Azteca, Coctel Camaron, Crema Bavaria, Enchilada Pollo, Natilla Cajeta and Pollo Las Rajas.




Before leaving Epcot, we rode Mission Space Orange and used our FP for Soarin. Then we headed to Magic Kingdom for the afternoon parade. Right after the parade, we headed back to the resort for an afternoon break (pool/nap/shower).



We had an 8:00 reservation for Narcoossee’s, which was yummy as usually and we had an awesome waitress named Maura). We had a champagne toast at the beginning of the meal and I had the Oyster app, the Lobster and the Almond cheesecake. DH had a season salad (peach I think), surf and turf (which they changed this year) and the strawberry shortcake. All of it was yummy and I loved watching Wishes from there with the piped in music.








Afterwards we headed to MK for EMH and we rode Buzz Lightyear, Haunted Mansion and Pirates. I had my first Dole Whip (which I love) and hubby got his first Goofy Gummies (which is his addiction).


We headed back to the room and went to bed just before 1 am.
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Day Two

Day 2
Weather: Hot, humid and sticky
Best Thing: Awesome animal interaction on Kilimanjaro Safari
Worst Thing: Noise level at Tusker House
Funniest Thing: Giraffe trying to stick its head in our jeep
New Thing: Sweet and sour chicken at Yak and Yeti
Magical Thing: Animals, getting Jay as our waiter at Flying Fish again and Mulch, Sweat and Shears

Despite the late night before, we were up early to head to Animal Kingdom for EMH. We headed to the safari ride, got a FP and then got in line. We had a giraffe try and stick its head in our jeep. SO cool. As we passed the flamingos, a giraffe crossed right in front of our jeep and made us stop for at least 10 minutes (until a giraffe “wrangler” came and got her). It was really great. The second ride was also great, but nothing compared to the interactions on the first ride.












We then headed to Tusker House for breakfast. Despite the fact we don’t have kids, we like a character breakfast or two to get some great pictures and I love the ham and mustard sauce at Tusker House. BUT MAN it was super loud. So much so we hurried through breakfast and got out of the madness.



We then went to get a Dinosaur FP, went to see Nemo (my fav show on property), used FP and rode Dinowhirl.

We got a FP for Expedition Everest and Yak and Yeti was our next destination for lunch (I know there are mixed reviews, but we really like it). We split the lettuce cups, I had the sweet and sour chicken, DH had the Kobe burger and we spilt the wontons. Yummy.





We used our FP at Expedition Everest and the girl who was supposed to collect them was distracted fixing her hair…so we got to go twice (hee hee). Around 2 pm, we left for our afternoon break.

We went to my fav restaurant for dinner. I love Flying Fish not only for the food, but the amazing service (Jay, Ruggerio and Didi). Jay was our waiter years ago (he was training Ruggerio who waited on us last year) and we asked for him again. He was just as wonderful as I remembered. I had the tuna app, steak and PB&J crème brulee (everything was yummy). DH had the crab cake, steak and choclate dessert. Jay also brought us a cold soup amuse bouchee and also a sorbet between courses. SO YUMMY!










Headed to DHS for EMH (one of my fav parks at night) and we rode: Tower of terror, Muppets, Star Tours twice and we were headed out when we saw Mulch, Sweat and Shears- who we love. DH is a musician and we love that they are talented and entertaining.


We headed back to the room for the night afterwards.
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HI... sounds like you had a great trip. Love the pics. Have to ask though, where were you for the parade?? how did you get that amazing vantage point looking down on the floats?? I've only been to MK twice before, and never caught one of the parades. I might try next trip, if I could have a vantage point like that.
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HI... sounds like you had a great trip. Love the pics. Have to ask though, where were you for the parade?? how did you get that amazing vantage point looking down on the floats?? I've only been to MK twice before, and never caught one of the parades. I might try next trip, if I could have a vantage point like that.
We really did...glad you like the pics (I have lots of them).

During the parade, I am stading at the top of the railroad station on Main Street. Here's the kicker- you normally have to be there really in advance...we walked up 10 minutes before (talk about Disney Magic).
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Great pictures and TR so far! I love how you list your Best,Worst, Favorite things on your report. I like to do that as well. I try to do it while I'm on my trip though. I tried doing a live report once and couldn't keep up with it, so I would at least list things like that and post a picture or two to satisfy my readers until I got back to do a full report. I think I might try doing that next month ?

Congratualtions on your anniversary! Disney is the best place to celebrate!

I look forward to reading more.
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Great pictures and TR so far! I love how you list your Best,Worst, Favorite things on your report. I like to do that as well. I try to do it while I'm on my trip though. I tried doing a live report once and couldn't keep up with it, so I would at least list things like that and post a picture or two to satisfy my readers until I got back to do a full report. I think I might try doing that next month ?

Congratualtions on your anniversary! Disney is the best place to celebrate!

I look forward to reading more.
Glad you like it...its really cool because it makes you look for the good and magical things every day.

Yes, Disney brought lots of magic to anniversary #15
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Day Three

Day 3
Weather: Rainy, thunder and lightning
Best Thing: Getting two things from the Disney Florist
Worst Thing: Having to leave Typhoon Lagoon for weather
Funniest Thing: The look on Jack Sparrow’s face as I was screaming loudly
New Thing: Upgrading our tickets to Annual Passes
Magical Thing: Getting deliveries, the headless horseman and Hallowishes

We planned to sleep until our eyes opened because we knew Mickey’s Not So Scary would run late for us. The phone rings at 8:00 am. The front desk says they have been trying to deliver packages for the past 3 days but we constantly have the Privacy sign up. I asked why they didn’t leave a message and they said they had (this is when I discovered that the message light on our phone didn’t work- and they had indeed left 4 messages…oh and Mickey and Minnie called to wish us a happy anniversary). Well, I knew my mom had sent me a package (she lives in NC and I live in Canada and it’s cheaper and there is no customs duty when she mails within the US). The second and third were presents from the Disney Florist. The first was wine with a wine holder and two small glasses and the second was beautiful pink and white flowers (including my fav flower lilies). Both were from DH`s boss thanking him for all the work he`s been doing lately and telling him to enjoy our vacation. So very sweet and thoughtful and I was walking on cloud nine all day from this suprize.


After getting such a great suprize, we decided to go ahead and get up. Today`s plan was to eat breakfast at Wolfgang Puck Café and then head to Typhoon Lagoon. We wanted a low key day before MNSSHP.

Breakfast at WPC for me was the yummy breakfast pizza and DH had the breakfast pocket.


We headed to TL and we did the lazy river one time when an announcement came on asking everyone to get out of the water for weather. We didn`t see anything other than some clouds, but we listen. It got more cloudy really quickly. We waited around and then decided to head back to DTD, but we stopped and got DH`s pass upgraded to an AP (we are headed back in December and then again in May, so we thought this was the best idea). We were told on The DIS to upgrade only one and a time to ensure there was no issue with our Free Dining (there was no issue on either upgrade).



We did some looking around and it started to pour like crazy…insane puddles and lightning everywhere. We went to Ragland Road for lunch and decided to split a credit there so we would be hungry for Ohana that night. I had to order hot tea to warm up a little as we got soaked (even with the rain ponchos). At Ragland Road, we shared the shrimp/garlic appetizer, fish and chips and the most amazing bread and butter pudding. After lunch, we headed back to the room for a nap and shower.





Ohana was dinner at 5 and it was yummy as ever. We had cousin Debbie, who was probably the best server we have ever had. I also got the recipe for peanut sauce. I had a Lapu Lapu and DH had a backscratcher with dinner.









Then we were off to MK for MNSSHP. This is a must do on our trip. I LOVE the parade and Hallowishes are the best fireworks I have ever seen at Disney. As usual, we had an amazing time and it was more crowded than last year, but still not stupid crowded (except the character lines).












BTW- the Disney mobile app is pretty great. When you are in the park, it tells you the wait time and FP times for the attractions. MK and Epcot (along with our resort) have WiFi (DHS now has it as of Monday I read). Unfortunately, with WiFi, DH unplugged like he does at home..LOL
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Day Four

Day 4
Weather: Hot, sticky and cloudy
Best Thing: Dive Quest tour
Worst Thing: Love bug invasion and problems at the start of my dive
Funniest Thing: Mike our funny Dive Quest tour guide
New Thing: Crab cake eggs benedict
Magical Thing: Watching the faces of the people as we went past them in the Epcot tank and having a shark turn around on my fins.

We started of by going to breakfast at Olivia’s at Old Key West (which we tried for the first time last year and I really liked it). When we checked in, the three girls at the counter wouldn’t stop talking to look at us…so I kept stepping closer and closer until they did. I had the pork chop and eggs and hubby tried the crab cake Benedict (and both were yummy).



Then we headed to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and we were lucky to get to ride Toy Story Mania twice (which is really surprising since we got there 30 minutes after the park open), the Backlot tour and then headed to the Writer’s Stop. DH is addicted to the carrot cake cookie there (it is pretty darn yummy).



Then we did the American Idol experience before heading to Epcot. We had a late lunch at Via Napoli (we swam there in the crazy rain and I was freezing the entire time we ate). I had the calamari, Lasagne Verde and Pistachio Gellato and DH had the cheese pizza and the Coppa Amaerna.






We walked around a little before checking in for our Dive Quest tour, which allows certified divers like us to dive in the Epcot tank with all the creatures (6 sharks, rays, turtles, fish). If you have ever been in The Seas at 5:30 or 6:30, you have seen the divers doing this tour. I was overweighted and my fins were not on properly. Once I got these issues under control, the dive was amazing. One of the big sharks literally turned around on my fins. This is the second year we have done this and we LOVE interacting with the people at the windows and at the Corral Reef (DH really scared a lady sitting by the glass there). We were circled by a turtle and the rays were super friendly.

After the dive, we headed to Le Cellier for a late (yet awesome) dinner. I had the cheddar cheese soup, mushroom filet and maple crème brule. DH had the lobster salad, mushroom filet and chocolate cake. It was yummy as usual and we had a great server named Stephanie. After dinner, we watched the O Canada film and walked around the World Showcase before calling it a night.



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Loving your TR! The giraffe story at the safari was just awesome!! I'm always secretly hoping we get stopped for an animal crossing, but that was incredible. Nifty pic!

Your Princess & the Frog pic is super cute, too!

Can't wait to read more!
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Loving your TR! The giraffe story at the safari was just awesome!! I'm always secretly hoping we get stopped for an animal crossing, but that was incredible. Nifty pic!

Your Princess & the Frog pic is super cute, too!

Can't wait to read more!
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I agree...awesome pics and trip report! We just got home after 2 weeks and I'm going to try and put a TR together also, yours gives me inspiration!
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Day Five

Day 5
Weather: Hot, sticky and rainy
Best Thing: Relaxing at Blizzard Beach
Worst Thing: Can’t thing of anything- I got the wrong entrée at dinner, but that happens
Funniest Thing: CM at Blizzard Beach said to DH “Sir, I need you to flip your wife in 3 2 1.”
New Thing: The new version of the Hall of Presidents (the 911 part made me cry)
Magical Thing: Finding the grape soda pin from Up. DH and I don’t have kids and we have always reminded me of the couple in “Up”, but the difference is that DH and I live out our adventures (not just plan them because you never know what tomorrow will bring).

We headed to the Magic Kingdom for EMH and went to have breakfast at the Crystal Palace. It was pretty tasty (I liked the made to order omelette and the puffy French toast) and as expected, it was crazy loud. We only waited around for 2 characters (Piglet and Tigger). I really wanted to see Pooh, but it wasn’t worth sticking around.






The attractions we visited at MK were: Swiss Family Treehouse, Pirates, Tiki room, Jungle Cruise, Hall of President and Philharmagic. DH has decided this trip to go and do the attractions we haven’t done in a long time (Treehouse, Tiki and Presidents). I saw the funniest T shirt in the Pirates gift shop.
OH- and I took a pic of the FP we got for Jungle Cruise (it does now indeed say that you need to be back during the hour on the FP- there is also a sign at the top of the machine- we were 12 minutes late for a FP later and we were allowed in but given a warning). We had to get another Dole Whip (hello, I am Elizabeth and I am a Dole Whip addict- this was the 3rd one- I had one at MNSSHP). DH got his with orange soft serve and it was good, but I like the pineapple better.






Around 2:00 pm, we headed to Blizzard Beach to float along the lazy river (we decided that this should be the mode of travel everywhere…between attractions, getting back to your resort, whatever) minus the freezing cold cave.

We learned today that if you rent a locker anywhere and you go to another park later, you can get a locker there for free if you hold on to your receipt. How awesome is that?

At 4:30, we headed back to the room for a short nap and showers.

Dinner was at the Grand Floridian Café at 6:30. We have never been to this restaurant and we were both very pleasantly suprized. OH- on the way in, we saw a lady wearing lots of make up and sitting in the lobby with her stuffed animals (like a stack of them). We had passed her when we went to Narcoosee’s too. We asked the waitress and she said she had lost her husband, so she comes almost every night- she said she should make a crazy story about her because she gets asked about her all the time. I said she should say she’s a ghost. I had first wondered if she was there as part of the classic ambience, but the stuffed animals kinda wrecked that for me. The menu was leaning towards southern (which I am- spent my first 24 years in North Carolina) and everything was yummy. I ordered a Whiskey Sour (I haven’t had one in ages) and hubby had a beer. I had the crab cakes and DH has the French onion soup as appetizers. DH got the steak at our server’s recommendation and I got the shrimp and grits…but when they were delivered, I was given a shrimp Caesar salad. I told DH to go ahead and eat and I didn’t get mine until he was done…but it was worth the wait. My French Canadian husband still doesn’t like some southern foods that I love (collard greens, boiled peanuts, etc.) and grits is one thing. BUT MAN- these are not normal grits- they are spectacular. Made with mascarpone and wonderful with the shrimp. DH (you know, the grits hater) said he would order that himself. For the trouble with the entrees, the manager bought our drinks for us (very cool). We split the dessert sampler and DH had way too much fun biting off poor Mickey’s ears. I will definitely being going back to this restaurant and I highly recommend it.









After dinner, we went to MK to the Main Street Electrical Parade (we got there late and could barely see). I think I may like this parade better if it weren’t for the silly soundtrack that sounds like an old video game. I get the sentimental part that this what was used when we were kids, but MAN I MISS SPECTROMAGIC!!

We had plans to stick around for Wishes, but it was stupid crowded and started to pour rain. We watched Wishes from the boat dock at the Grand Floridian and then went back to the resort.

On the way back, DH and I talked about how awesome the location of the resort is. We had stayed there 5 years ago and didn’t have a rental car (man having a car made such a difference) and we really liked the theming of the resort, but thought it was WAY too big. We really loved staying there this time and also appreciated how close it was to everything…DTD, all the parks, water parks…great resort!
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I agree...awesome pics and trip report! We just got home after 2 weeks and I'm going to try and put a TR together also, yours gives me inspiration!
Why thank you! Happy to be an inspiration. I will admit sharing the stories and pics with everyone makes me re-live the happiness.
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Day Six

Day 6
Weather: Hot!
Best Thing: Sleeping In
Worst Thing: Brain freeze I got from having to guzzle a dacquiri
Funniest Thing: Getting my picture made with the Horror Make up show expert.
New Thing: Minion Mayhem at Universal Studios (SO AWESOME)
Magical Thing: MINIONS!!

We had planned to try and get into a Table Service somewhere (you know, use up the Deluxe Dining credits) but we opted to sleep in a little and hit the Chik Fil A drive-in (man I wish they had these in Canada- whenever we go to the states, I always make an effort to go there for the yummy chicken).

We headed to Universal and I thought we would start at Island of Adventure. DH looks at me with his best “little boy” face and says “BUT Universal has Minions…don’t you want to go there?” (We both LOVE the movie Despicable Me and I was really looking forward to the ride). So we headed to Universal and indeed Minion Mayhem was just great (we did it twice).




From there, we did the Terminator show (which never gets old). When it was over, we saw signs saying “Magic Show now” , so we wandered over there. While the illusions were pretty cool, it felt like an infomercial as he was pushing us to buy the tricks.

Yeah…so then we went to the Horror make up show (which I always love…and the same guy is always the expert and I think he’s great). I approached him after the show and asked for a picture. He asked if I wore contacts and I said yes so he said “OK..close your eyes for a second” and I felt him put one hand on my throat and the other on my forehead and he said “when you are ready, open your eyes and stick out your tongue”. LOL. I did and got this awesome picture. He let my eyelids go and made sure I was OK before I went on my way. So cool.


Then we headed to ET (which DH said was lame- yeah, but you gotta do it every once in a while) and then we realized we were hungry (which is a new feeling when you are on Deluxe Dining…LOL) so we went to the Monster Café. I had the wedge salad and DH had the Chicago dog. Both were yummy and it was nice to sit down in the AC.


As we were leaving, we saw the afternoon parade. I had seen two of the floats earlier outside of the Horror Make up show (Hop and Despicable Me). The parade was short but cute.


Then we headed to Men in Black (woo hoo- I beat DH on this twice…and also Buzz…but I still can’t beat him at Toy Story Mania). Then we rode Rip it, Ride it, Rock it (which is the best and most intense coaster in Orlando…Manta at Seaworld is second). We rode the Mummy coaster twice in the single rider line and then Minion Mayhem once more before leaving.

We had noticed this crazy trend in footware...neon sneakers. On kids all the way up to grandmas. That in low top Chuck Taylors and capris for men. LOL We will not be participating in these trends.



As we were leaving, hubby saw a place for daiquiris and smoothies. I got a mix of pina colada and strawberry and DH got a mango smoothie. Well, I didn’t think about it but before I could step on the moving sidewalk to leave, a security guy said I had to finish my drink before leaving. Talk about brain freeze.

Then we headed to Fulton’s at DTD for dinner for the first time. It was just lightly raining as we got there and then the stupid rain in sheets started. I had the fish tacos at the server’s suggestion and DH had the clam chowder (his was much much better than mine) and we split to ultimate lobster and crab experience. For dessert, I had the crème brule and DH had the cookie sundae. In all honesty, it was good (the chowder was the best part) and we would go back but this would not be a regular restaurant.






We walked to the World of Disney store and the rain let up a little…we then went to Lego store to see what was outside and shortly after, the rain started again.





We headed back to the room and we were still soaked, so skipped the pool and decided to do some laundry. After showering, we had planned to go see Illuminations, but the weather was yucky all night…so we stayed in and went to bed early (catching up on sleep).
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