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Old 10-05-2012, 10:39 PM   #16
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Day Seven

Day 7
Weather: Stupid hot and humid
Best Thing: Halloween Horror Nights (HHN)
Worst Thing: Being so tired
Funniest Thing: Running into the couple that we did the Wild Africa Trek tour with last year.
New Thing: All new houses at HHN
Magical Thing: DH proud of me doing all the houses and our late night swim

We slept in a little longer than planned, but we knew this would be a late night. We headed to DHS and headed to the Writers Stop for hubby’s second carrot cake cookie. I got a chocolate pastry and it really wasn’t great. We rode the Rock and Roller coaster (and got a FP for it), the Tower of Terror, back to RnR for FP and then we had lunch at Prime Time Café. I had the onion rings and DH had the Chicken Noodle soup (his was just OK and I got the onion ring dip recipe) and we both got the sampler plate (DH, who normally just gets the chicken, said the pot roast was the best thing on the plate- I love them equally and would say the meatloaf was my least favourite). For dessert, I had smores and DH had the caramel sundae.





We left to take a swim, nap and shower before heading to Universal for Halloween Horror Nights. The tickets we got are called Stay and Scream, which means you have to be in the park before it closes at 5 (we made it by 15 minutes). We have done this event once in the past- I was scared out of my mind and only did half the houses. I have a love/hate relationship with the event, but the production level is just amazing. This year was awesome. Skip to the next day if you aren’t interested in this non-Disney event and inbox me if you have any questions about HHN.

So this year, we did the S&S on the first Saturday and we were at Finnigans. The first house we hit when we were allowed was Silent Hill (I thought the movie was just weird and I have never seen the video game, but we were both very suprized at how awesome the house was), then off to Gothic (which was by far my favorite house because of the scareactors and the amazing set- I thought gargoyle make up would be bad, man was I wrong), Dead End (I got my biggest scare in the green room - and PLEASE look up in the library...so cool). This is the house with the queasy tunnel, which I am happy to say was modifed and not nearly as bad as it has been in the past.

Then we were off to the Walking Dead, which was really great but kinda short and because there is no roof, the house wasn't dark (but it was still awesome). We had plans to get back and do this again once it was dark, but by then the wait times were crazy.

We were walking by where Bill and Ted was around the time of the first show, but decided to tackle the houses and come back. Next on the list was Penn and Teller (the video on the outside was not working- the audio was but not the video). It was a super cool house.

Next was Alice Cooper- my hubby got his biggest jump right as you entered the house. Its true that normally you work your way in before you get jumped at and this one is wild, crazy and right when you enter (and very effective). Hubby liked the house more than me (he's a huge fan). I liked the first and last room the best.

We then decided to go see Bill and Ted, which we both liked but we didn't think it was the best version of the show we had ever seen.

Lastly, we went to do the House of Horrors, which is one I was really looking forward to. Apparently, there was an accident and it added 45 minutes to our wait time. We saw the ambulance leave and shortly after, the line started to move. I liked the house OK but the scareactors just kinda stood there for the most part. It was so dark in the house, their masks had glow in the dark paint on them. The best room was the last one.

We wanted to go back and do Walking Dead, but the line was stupid long and it was late and we were both tired.






We headed back to the resort and we were both so hot and sticky, we took a late night swim, which was awesome and quiet. Then we headed to bed.
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Old 10-05-2012, 11:02 PM   #17
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Day 8
Weather: Freaking Hot
Best Thing: Cuddling with DH on Spaceship Earth
Worst Thing: I got nothing (that’s a good thing, no?)
Funniest Thing: There was a guy at Teppan Edo that looked like a cross between a guy DH used to play music with DH and Mr Bean.
New Thing: Carousel of progress after a few years
Magical Thing: Origami heart at Teppan Edo

We woke up and got ready for Epcot and Typhoon Lagoon later. We headed to DTD to split a breakfast pizza at Wolfgang Puck Café (can you tell I like them?)

At Epcot, I snuggled up to DH on Spaceship Earth (so funny acting like teenagers) and we rode Ellen’s Energy Universe (first time in year) and then headed to the World Showcase. We rode Maelstrom before heading to Teppan Edo for lunch. We were sitting with 5 other people who were together and were not so talkative with us. I had the tempura and DH had the beef wrapped around green onion. We both had the steak and shrimp and I had the green tea pudding (Japan isn’t really known for their dessert and DH wanted to head back to the caramel shop anyway). After the caramel shop, we left and headed to Typhoon Lagoon.










Here’s another fun fact- If you get to water park 2 hours or less before it closes, the locker rental is $6 and you get 5 back (pretty great). We did the shark tank for the first time and some slides and of course the wave pool and lazy river.








DH and I got a good laugh looking at this old dive gear- man, we have come a long way.


Then we headed back for a short nap and showers before heading to Citricos for dinner. We did indeed see the same lady in the lobby again.

I had a magical star, the chacuterie, veal shank and cheesecake and DH had the sautéed shrimp app, short ribs and banana choc torte. All was yummy and then plan was try and get to the park before Wishes, but that didn’t happen, so we watched them from table.








We headed to MK for EMH and did the following rides: Monsters Laugh Floor, Buzz, Carousel of Progress and Peoplemover (which I love at night). Then we called it a night just before 1 am.
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Day 9
Weather: Hot but not as humid
Best Thing:seeing Fantasmic
Worst Thing: Parks were definitely more crowded than the week before
Funniest Thing:"Check out that hidden mickey" said another guest when we were at the bat area at AK (refering to his ..well, area)
New Thing: Rainforest cafe for breakfast and Sanaa
Magical Thing:the crane coming to the window at lunch

We woke up, got ready for the day and headed to Animal Kingdom. We went to Rainforest Café for breakfast for the first time. I had the Cha Cha Waffle and the Ricky Rocks Frozen to drink and DH had the Tonga Toast (not as good as Kona but still good) and the Ricky Rocks. It was good. This is not a new must do, but it was good (loud but good).





We did both animal trails, the safari ride and Expedition Everest before heading to Sanaa for lunch.





I love love love curry and DH went along to make me happy (I had seen there was “normal” food like a burger on the menu). We both loved it. We had an awesome table right by the window and loved watching the animals. There was a wildabeast that kept scratching the ground and rubbing himself in it (which reminded us of our dog- which made us miss our dogs). The coolest part was a crane that crossed a small barrier and got right up in our window. We split the appetizer for two (the kafta was the best, then the samosa and we liked the curried cauliflower the least), I had 2curries (yellow with shrimp and the butter chicken) and DH had the open faced shrimp tandori sandwich (mine was good but his was outstanding). We both had the banana kulfi for dessert (which was described as a deconstructed banana split. We will definitely go back!














Then we headed to Blizzard Beach for a relaxing afternoon. Small nap, shower and off to Jiko for dinner.

I had the boar appetizer, I asked for the filet with mac and cheese (which used to be on the menu but is available upon request) and the cheesecake. DH had the chicken flatbread, the filet and mac and cheese and the crème brulee. It was yummy as usual.





Then we headed to DHS for EMH. We did Rock and Rollercoaster in the single line and then got in line for Fantasmic. It went all the way down the street (it was the craziest line I have seen) and there was an announcement saying to be there 30 minutes in advance…yeah, we were there 45 minutes in advance and we were past the theatre on the right. The show was amazing as always. Afterwards, we did ToT and the Great Movie Ride and then headed back to resort just after midnight.


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Day Ten

Day 10
Weather: Uber hot
Best Thing: seeing Hallowishes from the top of California Grill
Worst Thing: SO tired
Funniest Thing:DH and I both thought our waiter at California Grill was a "hispanic Al Pacino" (brilliant minds)
New Thing: Paradiso 37
Magical Thing: Hallowishes


We started off our day with breakfast at the Grand Floridian Café. DH had the Grand American and I tried the Lobster Benedict (which was ok- it was odd since it had no bread).



Then we headed to Islands of Adventure. We rode the Hulk, Spiderman, the Barge Raft twice (to make up since we couldn’t ride Kali River Rapids since their lockers were down both times we went to Animal Kingdom), Jurassic park River Ride, the Wizarding world of Harry Potter (twice), Dueling Dragons and then over to Universal for Minion Mayhem and Rip it Ride it Rock it.



Lunch was at Paradiso 37, which we had never been to before. It was pretty good. I had the quesadillas and the chicken enchilada with mole verde sauce and DH had the corn dog poppers (YUMMY) and the pineapple burger. We skipped dessert there so we could head to the Candy Caldron.









Afterwards, we took our usual break of pool, nap and shower.

California Grill was where we headed for dinner. I had a French martini while we were waiting to be seated. We were in the wine room (which is where we sat last year) and we liked it because it was quieter. I had the spicy kazaan and the dragon roll and DH had the ravioli and the scallops. Everything was yummy as usual. We went out on the observation deck to see Hallowishes (which I love) before coming in for dessert and then headed back to the resort.













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Day Eleven

Day 11
Weather: HOT!
Best Thing: Dinner at Artist Point
Worst Thing: Guy who escorted us to out table at Ohana was so slow
Funniest Thing: The waiter at a table next to us at Nine Dragons described a dessert by saying "when I bite into it, I feel like a vanilla bean" and I couldn't stop giggling
New Thing: Nine Dragons for lunch
Magical Thing: Deer we saw when taking the back road to the Wilderness Lodge


We woke up at 7 am and headed to Ohana for 8 am.



We did the new Segway tour at 9:30, which was really great. One of our guides looked like Linguini from Ratatouille (he even dressed up like that for MNSSHP).


We had lunch at Nine Dragons (no reservation- we just walked in). I was nervous because it doesnt always get the best reviews, but we liked it. We split the General Tso dumplings, I had the Kung Pao chicken, DH had the fried rice, I had the ginger ice cream and DH had the coconut pudding (which was the oddest thing we had- not like rice pudding at all).







Around 3, we headed to Typhoon Lagoon. It was nice having the Annual Pass and going to the waterparks whenever we wanted.

We had our afternoon break and then dinner at Artist Point at the Wilderness lodge, which is our favourite resort. We had an amazing server names Steve. We both had the crab appetizer, I had the Buffalo, DH had the Filet, I had the cheesecake and DH had the cobbler. I also tried the Mad Hatter tea with dessert and it was so yummy, I bought some to take home for me and my best friend.





After dinner, we headed to Epcot and walked around the World Showcase before heading back to the resort.
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Day Twelve Anniversary 15

Day 12
Weather: Hot and then crazy rain
Best Thing: Getting to go to HHN again tomorrow
Worst Thing: crazy rain
Funniest Thing: Marco touched my **** when we were getting our picture made by a Photopass photographer
New Thing: Rock shrimp app and Choc pecan pie
Magical Thing: Man found Marco’s googles after they were swept off in the Typhoon

We decided to sleep in, do laundry and swim at the pool. We headed to Epcot and had lunch at Le Cellier. I had the rock shrimp app, the mushroom filet and the deconstructed pecan pie (YUM). DH had the sausage, burger and the crème brulee.









In the afternoon, we went back to the room and booked Flying Fish for that night and also called Universal about upgrading our tickets so we could go to Halloween Horror Nights again (and we did – score!). We went to Typhoon Lagoon, showered and headed to Flying Fish. It was raining like crazy- we used valet so we wouldn’t have to swim. I was told at the Segway tour to be sure to check out the castles above the Boardwalk check in (for Disney World, Disneyland in California and Paris).

Didi was our waiter at the Flying Fish, who was just wonderful. I had the crab cake, filet and cheesecake. DH had the calamari, filet and the banana napoleon.













After dinner, we headed to Epcot for EMH.
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Day Thirteen

Day 13
Weather: Hot
Best Thing: Getting to see Gothic house again
Worst Thing: Lines at HHN
Funniest Thing: Getting the same score again at TSM
New Thing: Unlocking a new screen in TSM
Magical Thing: After the harness got stuck during RnR, the cast member let us get right back on...too cool

We got up and headed to DHS for EMH. We headed right for Toy Story Mania and did the get a FP and get in line. We cannot seem to get any other scores other than DH being a cat and me being a beaver. We rode a few rides and then went to lunch at the Brown Derby.

I had the shrimp appetizer, cobb salad as entrée and the grapefruit cake. DH had the crab cake app, chicken and banana dessert.






We then headed back to our room for a long nap, swim and shower.

We went to Wolfgang Puck for dinner- I had the chinois salad, DH had the spaghetti and we both had crème brule before heading to Universal for HHN.




We liked the event so much, I called the following week and the agent on the phone upgraded our S&S to a Rush of Fear. We went straight to Silent Hill and there were even more scareactors this time. We waited about 30 minutes.

Then we headed to Gothic, which I loved and it was even better the second time around. Instead of being on the look out for bad guys, I saw and enjoyed the house. The last gargoyle on a wire is absolutely incredible. The wait said 20 minutes- well it was more than an hour.

By the time we got out, Dead End was at 80 minutes. Sigh. I looked at my watch and it was almost 9. I suggested we walk through the scarezones (these were the weakest....not really themes at all...and we saw the chainsaw prison ladies marching twice...but never fired up the chainsaws...maybe because of the high price of gas??)

We also watched the "show" on the water. We decided to go see the 20 Penny Circus, which was just OK. If I had it to do over again, I would have skipped this and waited in the long line for the Walking Dead. We headed to the Penn and Teller area...that was also a crazy line. We decided to ride MIB. We checked out the wait times on the rest of the houses (75 minutes plus) and walked through the rest of the scare zones. I suggested going back to Alice or trying the Walking Dead, but it was midnight and hubby was tired and our flight was the next day.
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Going Home

Sad to say we reached the last day of our trip. We slept in, finished packing, ate breakfast at The Wave and the headed for the airport.



We are headed back for a short visit in December.

Thanks for reading my report!!
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