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Old 11-20-2012, 01:53 AM   #76
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The egg rolls looked good.

I never heard of that with bananas. Now I want to try it. Write something and freak Vinny out.
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:15 AM   #77
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Originally Posted by oopsiDAISY View Post
Mmmm, that food from Chili's look delicious...and I for one am so glad you started this trip off right, with food porn right away!

I love the bananas!!! You two are so fun!!!
Hahaha of course I did!!!


Originally Posted by mickeystoontown View Post
What was Wingnut thinking? Of course, the trip has started....it starts the minute you step out the door! I had heard of the writing on banana trick but have never tried it. Too bad his Dad didn't have more of a reaction.
Exactly!!! Hahaha yeah, he was just kind of like "oh, that's different..." .

Originally Posted by amazingact21 View Post
Oh yes, the food pictures begin the minute the trip starts! And Chili's has such yummy food, it's hard not to photograph it.

I had no idea about the toothpick and the banana. I'm going to have to try that!
Of course they do!! I love Chili's!

Hahaha you should! It worked pretty well!

Originally Posted by Mndisneygirl View Post
Agreed - vacation starts the minute you leave your home property!

Also agreed - one must order those egg rolls at Chili's!

Funny banana trick - I've not heard of that before.

Let's go to Disney!!!
That's my mantra too!

YES aren't they awesome??

Originally Posted by Curiouser&curiouser! View Post
Silly Wingnut! Of course the vacation already started!

Actually I go by the rule that vacation starts the second I walk out the door from work! He wouldn't be too happy with me! I'm the one who would be taking a picture of my car before I get in it with a caption of First 'ride' of vacation!
You'd think he'd know this already with all of the trips we've taken together!!

LOL I like that even better!!!! Love the "first ride"!!

Originally Posted by __disneygirl View Post
LMAO! That message on the bananas cracked me up. I really need to try that.

And I hear you on the egg rolls at Chili's. They are AMAZING.
Hahaha you should!!!

YES I love them!!!
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:21 AM   #78
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Originally Posted by marDgreen88 View Post
It seems that you and I have very similar packing methods! Although in addition to the pacing and list making, I also find 73 other things that I MUST DO.

AVOCADO EGGROLLS? Those sound phenomenal.

HAHAH, banana messages. Who knew? I must try that.
Yep, that's exactly how I pack too! Hey, it gets done eventually!!

(I'm not sure why I called them avocado eggrolls...I totally made that part up...they're actually Southwestern Eggrolls - nary an avocado to be found! But they are still amazing, I promise you that!)

Hahaha you should!!!

Originally Posted by Grumpy's Wife View Post
You know as soon as I get home I'm going to write on the banana's.
LOL I may have started something here....

Originally Posted by Disneybuckeye View Post
Yeah! You Started! I am definitely along for the read.

This is so me.
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Originally Posted by MissPrice View Post
HI there I've been a lurker on your other TR's. Just wanted to let you know I'm here Planning a Disney Wedding seems like fun. That banana trick is really cool. -Amanda
Welcome!!! Glad to have you here!!

Haha thanks!

Originally Posted by teekathepony View Post
Hahaha the bananas!! I'll have to do that next time my mom has bananas. It could freak her out pretty good I think.
Hahaha it's a really easy trick that seems to work pretty well!!

Originally Posted by emmysmommy View Post
I so want to try your nana writing feat! I think I'll write OUCH! It's amazing what you learn here!

I agree with everyone else, it's not too soon to start snapping photos of your food when you are enroute to your destination. Yummy southwest egg rolls and chipotle fajitas. Yummmm..... I took photos of my food in Vegas but then realized I was at a client dinner. Oops!

Looking forward to reading all about your hilarious adventures because I know there are more waiting for us!
Hahaha TR's are educational! I also learned all about rip tides from MEK and Glennbo!!

LOL I'd probably do the same thing!! It's hard to break those Disney habits!

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Old 11-20-2012, 05:25 AM   #79
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Originally Posted by shan23877 View Post
I'm in the queso camp. No one else in my family would eat the egg rolls with me.

Love the banana (am I the only one who hears Gwen Stefani when I write/type banana?) trick! Maddie and I will have to try that! Too bad Mr. Wingnut was underwhelmed, still fun though!
Awwww you should just get them for yourself!!!

LOL I was thinking the exact same thing!!! It is definitely a fun trick though!

Originally Posted by MeMom View Post
I did walk and wear...

and then I took the 3D glasses home with me.

Sittin' in the middle, slurpin' a drink, walkin' and wearin', and swipin' the rockin' awesome glasses. Yeah, I am that bad! (Is there a tough-looking smiley wearing a black and white jail suit?)
LOL you are just on a roll!!!

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Joining in. Great start to your TR! Can't wait to read more.
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Originally Posted by flyergrad09 View Post
Oooh, that banana/toothpick thing sounds like fun! I don't think bananas stick around long enough in our house for the message to show up, but I think I'll try it anyway.

I've only been to Chilli's once (I know, I know!) and I was kinda disappointed, but put avocado in anything and I'll eat it!
It seems like the riper the banana is, the quicker the message shows up. When we wrote on those, the words came up pretty much instantly!

I am with you on that avocado philosophy!!

Originally Posted by Joyciemc View Post
I think there is going to be a phenomenon of bananas with words showing up in kitchens all over the place, now. Good work!!
I think there will be too!!!

Originally Posted by Mrs T 2009 View Post
I never thought about writing words on bananas like that! LOL
I'm sure I will ebd up trying it, when i have bananas again! :D
Hahaha you definitely should!!!
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:30 AM   #80
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Originally Posted by MEK View Post
One of my favorite movie lines. Ranks right up there with "Bueller? Bueller?". I have such uneducated taste. I know.

I didn't know that about the bananas. See, you DO learn something new on the DIS everyday.

Can't see your pics now, but I am sure that Chilis was delish!
Hahaha those are the best movies!!!

Exactly!!! You're teaching about rip tides, and I'm sharing tricks on pranking your loved ones!!

Originally Posted by AGPrincess View Post
You had me at the word "cake" in your TR title. I cannot wait to hear all about the Disney wedding planning - SO exciting!!

Love this! One time at the Flying Fish, my mom and I were taking photos of our plates, and the server says that it's always the biggest compliment to the chef when people take photos of the food. I was just thinking, "You obviously haven't met many trip reporters. We take photos of EVERYTHING - from the plates at Flying Fish to the wrappers at McDonald's."

I was also laughing at your secret banana messages...I'm gonna have to try that.

Can't wait for the next update!!
Welcome!!! Glad to have you here!!!

Hahahaha we really do!!! We are a thorough bunch, but that's great that the chefs take it as a compliment!

You definitely should give it a try!!!

Originally Posted by smile4stamps View Post
The trip most definitely starts the moment you leave the house and all food requires a picture!!

Love the writing on the banana! Never knew you could do that!
Oh I totally agree!!!

Hahaha yes it worked pretty well!!

Originally Posted by PracPerfPatricia View Post
Sarah- I too am in agreement with the majority here...

Sorry Wingnut, but the vacation most definitely begins upon walking out your door...

Chili's Chips are addictive too... I think they put something in them...

Hmmm... we normally have a couple of bananas in our kitchen... (lots of smoothies and Ems does get charlie horses (potassium thing) )... I'm going to have to go on down and give that banana writing a try...
Hahaha exactly!!!

YES AREN'T THEY THE BEST?? They're so thin and crispy!!

Hahahaha go for it!!!

Originally Posted by MEK View Post
I just bought some new bananas today.
I REALLY may have started something here....

Originally Posted by Twoboysnmygirl View Post
WOOT! Sorry it took so long to get over here, I'm up to my ears in my own TR and then PTR! Off to sub read!!!!!!
Welcome!!! Glad to have you on board!!
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:37 AM   #81
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I'm in! I've read all of your dining reports and I love them! I do cardiac ultrasound (echocardiograms)....I'm sure you've had several with your valve replacement! Did you get a mechanical valve or a tissue valve? Random question....lol. I'm a nerd.

Oh yes, I've had plenty of those!! I actually had a mitral valve repair, not a replacement, so my valve is still mine, plus an annuloplasty ring.

Originally Posted by reelmom View Post
Of all the tips I have learned on the DIS, the banana trick has to be the best! I can't wait to see all the wedding planning.
Hahahaha I'm glad you liked it!!!

Originally Posted by IheartDDuck View Post
I wish I could pack like Wingnut. Sadly, my packing is much more in depth and complicated. Oh the joys of being a girl.

Um, of course the trip has started! Let the food pictures begin!!!!

OMG, you guys are hilarious with the banana writing. But I had no idea that works, and now it just gives me so much ammo.....

Maniacal laugh.....maniacal laugh!
Oh I wish I could too!!! It would make things so easy!

Hahaha I love that it's so easy to do and walk away from, leaving people wondering...

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I'm here to join in :

My husband and I were married in Sea Breeze Pointe at the Boardwalk. It was great! It was during food and wine festival.

So excited for your report on the planning trip!
Welcome!!! Glad to have you here!!!

That's so awesome!!! I'd love to see pictures if you're willing to share some here!!!

Originally Posted by tinacaplan View Post
A F+W trip with wedding planning??? Um...yes, please! I'm slooowly trying to make my way back onto the Dis after a lengthy absence it feels somewhat daunting, but I was so excited to jump on, scroll down the TR board, and see this! Can't wait to hear all about it!
Hahaha welcome!!! Glad to have you along!!!

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I'm all caught up and subbing in! Can't wait to hear all the fun details, especially about the wedding planning!
Welcome!!! Thanks!!

Originally Posted by Jennifer48 View Post
ACK I'm so late!

First moment of vacation is right when I step out the building at work. Always.

Can't wait to hear about all your wedding plans!

I need to start adopting that philosophy, that's even better than my "as soon as we leave the house!!"

Originally Posted by scottny View Post
The egg rolls looked good.

I never heard of that with bananas. Now I want to try it. Write something and freak Vinny out.
They were really good!!

Hahahaha it's a fun trick to try!!
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:54 AM   #82
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Let's go, let's go, let's go, let's go!!!

Time for Disney!!!

The next morning, at relatively only a slightly earlier time than we usually wake up every day for work (4:45), we woke up and headed out the door to the airport. I again checked one more time that our flight would be on time (yes), and we were quickly at the airport, through security, and settled in for a little wait before our flight actually left. (Wingnut always likes to get to the airport early and leave lots of time for us to hang out at the gate and eat pastries.)

Just me? Okay, I'm fine with that.

Chocolate croissant. Not bad, actually, but not Disney food yet.

We sat around with the rest of the Disney-bound early birds for a bit until our flight boarded on time, and we were on our way!

I wasted no time getting started on my second pastry of the early morning.

Cranberry muffin. Very moist and crumbly as I quickly discovered, as Wingnut was soon covered in crumbs.

Then the snack cart rolled around, and why stop snacking when there were free chips to be had??

Wingnut made me look less like an unstoppable eating machine and had something to eat as well.

DF: "Do you want a food review for this? They were animal crackery."

Oh, he's hilarious.

For around 98% of the flight, our view was pretty much all clouds, which then progressed to decreasing clouds as we approached Orlando. This was also accompanied with a fair amount of turbulence, but I was pretty easily distracted by watching the Food Network.

(It really is all about food with me, isn't it?)

And then we started getting closer to Disney!!

We landed on-time, and were soon approaching the first monorail ride of the trip!

Yep, this is clearly a Stringbean&Wingnut report here, DF is sticking out his tongue:

Silly hardiness zones dictating whether or not I can experience palm trees every day or not.

Magical Express: B1!!

Our destination? Port Orleans French Quarter!

We had to wait for a few minutes for our bus to arrive...

...but it soon did, and we were on our way!!!

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Old 11-20-2012, 05:55 AM   #83
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Let's go, let's go, let's go, let's go!!! (Part 2)


The "surprise, we're going to Disney" videos still always make me sniffly.

I didn't realize this, but going to POFQ, we didn't pass under the traditional Welcome to Disney arch. This was the Disney greeting sign that we passed.

Not exactly the same triumphant effect as the arch has, but still good!

This was actually our first time being on Magical Express that we weren't the first stop. Our first mini resort tour was Saratoga Springs.

Next, Old Key West.

And then. Drumroll please...

We got off the bus (we were towards the back of the bus already, so DF didn't have other people to be polite for this time around), checked in with no wait, and were quickly on our way to our room in building 7, which was already ready!

(I took more resort photos later, I promise. I didn't feel like wrangling the camera and luggage at that moment!)

Our room:

We did a quick look around the room (no bedbugs, ; but also no hand soap (which, spoiler alert, we didn't get for the rest of the week. Is that normal in a moderate?) )

Having dropped off our stuff, we turned right back around to head to our first park of the trip (say it with me, EPCOT!!!).

Here are some resort photos!

Why yes, the giant parade float heads did creep me out.

I'll leave you here for now...

(P.S. Have a wonderful and delicious and safe Thanksgiving!!! )
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:28 AM   #84
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You are making me want to stay at POFQ!! It has been on the top of my list for Mods, but we never end up going there. Did you like going to the other resorts first? I kind of liked seeing some of the other resorts on our way to ours. Made it feel more real or something! I have never seen that entrance, but I have seen another one that looks JUST like the main entrance, but it's not the main entrance. We came that way when we drove. How many entrances are there, do you think?!?!? You rock, dropped your stuff and headed right to a park like a true Disney junkie. Can't wait to hear more!
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Yippee! You're finally there!

I've never been that interested in staying at the POFQ, but I must say the rooms look pretty nice.

Now let's get to Epcot already!
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Yay for a snack filled, hassle free flight to WDW!

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Great start to your trip

That Cranberry muffin looks really good

I have never stayed at POFQ before. Looks really nice Sorry to hear about no hand soap?

Can't wait to read more

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