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Old 11-19-2012, 06:36 PM   #16
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After we sat and enjoyed our drinks, we decided to ride the monorail one loop around for the heck of it. I was excited to see the new DVC construction at the GF. So out we went..



Our first monorail of the trip was..



The black monorail! As soon as the doors closed we heard that familiar voice, “Please stand clear of the doors…” A phrase that’s known and memorized by so many WDW lovers. It’s a phrase recognized so much with our WDW trips that my sister even mentioned it in her Maid of Honor speech at our reception!

Our first look at the GF construction:





Looks like it’s going to be neat!

One thing I love about riding the monorail around the Seven Seas Lagoon is the view.





When we got back to the Poly, we ran to the room to get our information for the park hoppers. As we walked in the room, we saw this waiting for us:



It was a gift basket with bride and groom Mickey Ears from my parents and Sis.

After we texted them and thanked them for the surprise, we were ready to head to the MK. Since Tahiti was so close to the TTC, we just walked there and hopped on a monorail there. Luckily, Guest Relations was able to print our park hoppers out for us with no problem.

I let out a big sigh as we made it through the turnstiles. We were finally back to my favorite park. I was anxious to see all the changes that had been made to Fantasyland since July 2010.



I was a little worried about missing Toontown, so we rode the train over to the new Fantasyland station.



While we waited for the train to come, I was peeking at the Castle through the window.



Soon, we heard that familiar sound of the train.



We pulled up and my mouth just dropped. It looked so different! I can honestly say I didn’t miss Toontown; although, I will admit it was weird seeing Dumbo moved!















We slowly walked through the new Fantasyland area to the old Fantasyland. It all looked different over there too!

The crane for the new mine rollercoaster:





The sign advertising Storybrook Circus:



It was exciting to see the Beast’s Castle going up and the Little Mermaid ride being built. More construction:



Good-bye, Snow White!







*Continued in next post*
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:38 PM   #17
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*Continued from previous*

The Castle show was starting, so we had to walk around.



As we walked down Main Street, we stopped and had a PhotoPass picture taken. We walked through the glass blowing shop to see if there was anything I wanted to buy for our new house. I saw a few things I liked, so I decided to keep them in mind and wait. We also window shopped on our way out. I saw this cute shirt about the yummy churros in one of the windows:



We had a dinner reservation at the California Grill, so we decided to head to the Contemporary and get some drinks at the Outer Rim. Before heading on the walkway, we stopped and found our brick and sent a picture back home to my family.

After a short walk, we made it here:





We got a little teary-eyed walking into the lobby. The last time we were at the Contemporary was when we stayed there back in 2010 with Little Guy. Being back there definitely brought back a lot of memories. First order of business- taking our traditional picture in the Mickey Ears!





After we looked around the gift shop, we sat over by the Outer Rim for a little bit so I could catch up on my TR notes. By the time I was done, we could head up to the California Grill. Our reservation was at 9:10, which was perfect for Wishes at 10! As we checked in, we were asked to stand in front of the elevators and wait to be escorted up.

The elevator doors opened up once we reached the restaurant, and I was so excited to finally be there. This was one of those places I had been dreaming about eating on my honeymoon. We were given a pager and headed to the bar. We looked around the place in awe. It still didn’t feel like we were even there! Luckily, we did not have to wait long because our pager went off at the same time that our drinks arrived! We paid the bartender and were taken to our table.
We were seated with a window behind us, unfortunately, it didn’t have a MK view. But, we were happy to be there anyway! Our view was of Epcot, and we could see Illuminations perfectly! Here was our view of the restaurant from the table:



Our waiter was so amazing and kept congratulating us on our honeymoon. He also informed us about when to go out to the observation deck for Wishes. Since we were on the Deluxe Dining Plan, we were ready to eat a lot! For appetizers, I had the Spicy Kazan Roll, which was amazing!! DH had the different cheeses platter. For the main course, both of us had the Filet of Beef, which was also amazing! We were not done with our main course when it was time to go out for Wishes, so our waiter kindly covered our plates to keep them warm. The view outside up there is incredible!



Looking at the GF:





For some reason, my camera was not wanting to take pictures of the fireworks, so I apologize for that!

After the amazing view of Wishes, we headed back inside to finish our meal. For dessert, we both had the different chocolates, which was amazing as well! We were so happy with everything we had. The California Grill did not disappoint!

We were tired from traveling, so we decided to call it a night. We headed back to the Poly and once we got back to the room, we sat out on our balcony and just enjoyed the view. This was something we ended up doing every night of the trip.



We watched the Castle change colors for awhile before heading in. I told the Castle good night and closed the blinds. Falling asleep your first night at WDW is hard to do! My mind was filled with excitement and replaying all the fun we had already on our first day.

Up next: A MK morning and drinking/eating around WS!
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:56 PM   #18
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This is my first post on the DIS in probably a month and a half but it's only fitting to post on my BFF's TR :-)

The first walk into the MK and seeing the castle is an indescribable feeling!! Pure bliss!

Yummmm, California Grill. So sad we missed eating there but we already know it's on our anniversary trip ADR list!!

That view from your room is absolute perfection. My dream!!
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Congratulations!

Awww, I love how you put this as the description for your DH - "My DH! It’s been neat going from calling him DBF, to DF, to DH!" It's exactly what I used for the intro in my Disneymoon TR!
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I love the picture you took from the train station looking at the castle. A different perspective of the castle that I haven't seen before.

Lol DH has that churro shirt you took a pic of! It's the only Disney shirt he owns and probably ever will own!

Don't you just love Cali Grill? And you can't beat that view of Wishes from the observation deck!

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This sounds like the beginning of a great trip.

The view from your room is amazing! I miss the Polynesian.

I love that your sister included the monorail spiel in her Maid of Honor speech. How perfect!
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Joining in! I've always loved your trip reports...can't wait to read this one as well!

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I saw honeymoon and just had to read it! I went there in January for my honeymoon too! The absolute perfect place!
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Yay, first time seeing the MK and the castle on vacation is the best feeling.

As many times as we have gone, I have yet to find your Mickey ears photo spot at the CR. my friend always takes a pic with her family there too. I think I just always forget to look for it!

You guys are just adorable.

Glad that your first dinner in the world was amazing. Cali grill is on my list of places to try, as well as some of your others.

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Joining in and looking forward to it all! Congratulations on your wedding!!!
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Joining in! I remember your SN from the wedding boards. I love the Poly, it is so beautiful. I need to get back there!
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We headed back to the Poly and once we got back to the room, we sat out on our balcony and just enjoyed the view. This was something we ended up doing every night of the trip.
What a nice memory! Those deluxe resorts seem to coax you into just wanting to hang out on the balcony a lot. We did that at both Wilderness Lodge and Animal Kingdom Lodge.
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Sounds like a great first day! Glad you got the room view you wanted, so cool seeing the castle change colors right before bed Congrats on the wedding!
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This is my first post on the DIS in probably a month and a half but it's only fitting to post on my BFF's TR :-)

The first walk into the MK and seeing the castle is an indescribable feeling!! Pure bliss!

Yummmm, California Grill. So sad we missed eating there but we already know it's on our anniversary trip ADR list!!

That view from your room is absolute perfection. My dream!!
Hey girl! Well, thanks for coming back to the DIS for me!! The first time coming into the MK will always give me chills.

You know I'm so mad you had to miss the Cali Grill! I cannot wait to take you there on our anniversary trip!

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Congratulations!

Awww, I love how you put this as the description for your DH - "My DH! It’s been neat going from calling him DBF, to DF, to DH!" It's exactly what I used for the intro in my Disneymoon TR!
Thanks! And congrats to you as well!

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I love the picture you took from the train station looking at the castle. A different perspective of the castle that I haven't seen before.

Lol DH has that churro shirt you took a pic of! It's the only Disney shirt he owns and probably ever will own!

Don't you just love Cali Grill? And you can't beat that view of Wishes from the observation deck!

Great updates!
Thanks! It's a neat view of the Castle, huh!?!

I think I remember you showing us that churro shirt on your DH!!

Yes, the Cali Grill was amazing. We are already planning to go back next year!

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This sounds like the beginning of a great trip.

The view from your room is amazing! I miss the Polynesian.

I love that your sister included the monorail spiel in her Maid of Honor speech. How perfect!
I thought of you when we got to the Poly. I miss it too!

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Joining in! I've always loved your trip reports...can't wait to read this one as well!

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Thanks and welcome!! Glad to have you!

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Hi Tinkgurl, Congratulations to the both of you. Your resort is beautiful. I can't wait to hear more about your Honeymoon trip
Thank you! I can't wait to show/tell you all about it!

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I saw honeymoon and just had to read it! I went there in January for my honeymoon too! The absolute perfect place!
Congrats! Hope you had a great trip as well!

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Yay, first time seeing the MK and the castle on vacation is the best feeling.

As many times as we have gone, I have yet to find your Mickey ears photo spot at the CR. my friend always takes a pic with her family there too. I think I just always forget to look for it!

You guys are just adorable.

Glad that your first dinner in the world was amazing. Cali grill is on my list of places to try, as well as some of your others.

Happy thanksgiving in case I don't hop on the boards before then.
The Mickey Ears at the Contemporary are so easy to find! Next time you go, I'll explain it to you! You have to go see it!

The Cali Grill is amazing. You have to try it!!

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What a nice memory! Those deluxe resorts seem to coax you into just wanting to hang out on the balcony a lot. We did that at both Wilderness Lodge and Animal Kingdom Lodge.
It's just so relaxing!! I could enjoy some time there right now!

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Sounds like a great first day! Glad you got the room view you wanted, so cool seeing the castle change colors right before bed Congrats on the wedding!
It was a great first day!!
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