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Old 03-16-2013, 06:52 AM   #1216
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Hope you survive your busy, busy weekend!

Now you are talking!!! As you may have guessed, I love the EPCOT resort area!

I enjoyed reading about your continuing morning at HS. Beautiful pictures as always. Especially the walk from HS to BW.

Mike W. may have only one eye, but he looks like he is all hands!

Great job on the PP borders, Cynthia- the one where Mary Ellen has Minnie legs and feet is so cute.

Love, love, love the pictures of the Yacht Club. The ones of the marina and lighthouse are my favorites. Great perspective. But you also got some great shots of the exterior of the resort.

I am so glad you went to Captain's Grille, and enjoyed it!!!

That is one of the few restaurants we will be dining at in July.

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For those not on DDP and without TiW, there is a 10% discount on meals if you use your Disney Visa

Did you happen to see the paintings on the wall where a ship sails from one painting to the next? Dawnbu40 is the one who alerted me to those after her trip. Can't wait to check that out myself!

Great pictures of the wedding setup, bride and groom and the quiet pool. You are so right. The area back there is beautiful!

Can't wait for you to show the room!
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Old 03-16-2013, 07:24 AM   #1217
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So much to comment on...

Seeing the pictures of the Epcot resorts definitely made me smile, as I will be there in just a few days!

I've looked at the Mickey strainer, but it is too cute to cover up with icky stuff, and it is also too expensive. I'd be curious to know how well they sell. I have several Disney kitchen items, but they are more seen and/or practical.

The lounge chairs in the shade - such an inviting sight! Great place to relax and talk with family and friends.

So glad the wedding couple had a pretty day for their festivities.

Thanks for all the pictures!
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Old 03-16-2013, 10:22 AM   #1218
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Hey, Is Mike Wasowski getting fresh with me?


It certainly appears that way!

Can't wait to see pics of the room!
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Old 03-16-2013, 11:18 AM   #1219
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I don't know that I would have thought of Captain's Grille either but it's sure been added to our list on the day we're planning B and C!!! We have only eaten there for dinner but it is also on our list for breakfast this year....we figured we'd give it a try and see what it's like!

Love that quiet pool....serenity!!!!
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Old 03-16-2013, 12:08 PM   #1220
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Awwwww Mike and Sully! I want to meet those two so bad some day!!
And the Osbourne lights!! I would want to find the "On" switch!
I enjoy watching the Streetmosphere in DHS. Those little acts are actually my parents' favourite thing about the park.
Gotta love when a simple burger just hits the spot just right. Nothing better than that feeling, no matter what the food is!
Love that quiet pool. It looks so... well, quiet! Haha and relaxing!
Hope you gals got an awesome room!
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Old 03-16-2013, 02:02 PM   #1221
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Great massive update, MEK. Thank you for NO clown picture at the pool (I so want to avoid him when we are there in Decembeer ).

I don't remember seeing postcards at that shop, but I'll have to be on the lookout because I do like collecting them.

I have heard great things about Captain's Grille for breakfast and lunch...perhaps we will be able to try it while we are there in December.

I like the look of that quiet pool...you'll have to explain to me when I see you exactly where it is; you can tell me when I see you in approximately 84 days or so.

Love the photopass pictures.
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Old 03-16-2013, 03:21 PM   #1222
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Anybody wanna T-shirt?

Our goal was EMH. Which started at 8 am. We had largely packed the night before and all that remained to be done was getting ready, packing up what was left of our bar and fridge goods, getting our bags to bell services and catching a bus over to DHS. Easy peasy, right? Well...mostly. We did have one major faux pas. In our desire to expedite matters for some reason we thought it would be faster to take a left out of the villas onto the sidewalk that runs along the front of the lodge instead of wending our way through the lobby.

It was probably my bad idea. Right up there with the short cut that wasn't that I tried to take to get to the dock, thinking it would lead back to the villa pool. This went around the front of the lodge alright. And surprisingly, was not at all flat. Which really wasn't terribly fun for the luggage pull/push thing we had going on.

Did we make it by 8?









The crowds speak for themselves.

8:21.

Not bad all things considered!

Another gorgeous day





Yeah, 8 am would have been better. That is officially the longest FP line I have ever been in. It did move fast but yowsa.



She thought so too



This is what happens when you pull a FP at 8:29 on an EMH morning. It was actually 5 min later on the our FP's by the time we got to the machine.



We did head to R&R first but not without a key stop



You didn't think that we really pulled of the mad dash out of the lodge without coffee first did you?

Ah, all better.



Oh look, our limo is here!





Man I LOVE that ride. My favorite. Hands down.

Of course after that, I had to get the requisite T shirt pics to send to the Es. Favorite ride shirts was one of the requests. I do love the RRC dump shop, actually has unique merch!



Love the detail





First thrill of the day in, we were off to ToT. Mary Ellen's pictures as always, are vastly superior here and honestly I didn't take that many as I knew she always does an amazing job in this queue.

We were at an interesting spot though when we were stopped while aid was being retrieved, I don't think I've ever really had time to take a good shot in this area before.







Love this one too. A little backstory on the hat holding. Back in 2004 we made the Es go on everything with us. Our very first night was at the then MGM and honestly ToT traumatized Eric a bit and we paid for it over time. We could still get him to go on stuff but he would go through phases of being scared, and not being scared. Fast forward to 2009 and he wanted to go on it. No one else did. So, one night during evening EMH after dinner, the rest of the gang hit RRC and Eric and I went on ToT. I had a small bag that had a magnetic closure. And for whatever reason, had it in my lap instead of whatever the net bag is they have (and I know they have something). Every time the elevator went UP the items in my purse popped out and went up and then when the elevator went down, they did too. I was trying to hang on to the purse, the grips on the seat, my flying stuff, and laughing like an idiot the entire time. It was hysterical though mildly stressful that I was going to lose something important. Like my camera! Eric still remembers it like it was yesterday. Apparently I do too....hence the hat holding which honestly I didn't realize Id done until I saw the picture. Too funny.

Favorite ride T shirt picture time!





Yes Mary Ellen, we went here next. You are right!



This would be my first time since the re-do. Should I be scared?







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Old 03-16-2013, 03:31 PM   #1223
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Anybody wanna T-shirt? Con't.



Now I had heard, I think from Pat, that the back row was extra turbulent and I think somehow we ended up there but Im not positive. I LOVE what they did with it and couldn't wait to come back and see what new version Id get!

And now for something unexpected (kidding!).favorite ride T, and "funny" shirt pictures





I love what they did with the dump shop, you really could go nuts in this one.

A morning snack seemed in order and we were nearby a favourite haunt. Ah the writers stop. I loved this place my last visit and had amazing luck with unique merch as well as coffee and treats. I was bummed to see they'd reorganized the interior and the darling corner window table/nook was gone and given over to merchandise. I loved sitting in that little nook with the E's and people watching while we had our treats.

Sadly the merch no longer seemed unique but I was excited to try this baby again. I honestly don't remember if we got coffee but I would assume so



Which, as already discussed what too sweet. I think a cream cheese/butter/powdered sugar/vanilla frosting would be perfect, at about half the volume they use.

We actually did a few more things before heading into to TSM, it was only 10:30 at this point so we had time to kill, but we did head that way...the long way around. I had wanted to check out the La Cinema Storage gift shop which is over by the backlot. Cute stuff and guess what, MORE T shirt pictures!



I REALLY liked this one and almost bought it. Had it been spring, I probably would have but I was focused on long sleeve options. I still wish I had but I had a t shirt limit and filled it elsewhere. Maybe next time (except it will be winter and I'll be thinking long sleeve again). I know I'll regret not getting this come springtime though.





Sorry, were closed



Ah yes, more for my target audience





Hidden back here (ok, hidden from me, I'd had no idea) were a couple of my favorites and we decided to say hello (yes, it was before TSM lol!) As Mary Ellen just shared the photopass ones, here are the ones from my camera.



And then...the streets of America!



I was so bummed out by the lights being up (and apparently they were in 2004 when we went, my mom remembered it but I dont) that this is the only picture I took.

Followed by, Streetmosphere! Which I always love (though I seem to have gotten shots of the back of the CMs heads fairly consistently here). It surprises me how often I stumble on one I've not seen before and makes me smile to recognize CMs I have seen in other skits.















We decided to head back to the animation store. Mary Ellen wanted to look at postcards so off we went.



Holy strollers Jake!





I confess, I had not been into this shop before. I took a quick T shirt peek into the main shop across the courtyard from it but it was, as it should be, geared towards the Disney Junior crowd so it was a very quick swoop in and out. The animation store on the other handwow. And actually there were a few, granted only a few, things I could have seen purchasing. Small prints unframed but some neat neat things and I was THIS close to buying a Sorcerer Mickey for Eric. Im going to make sure I take both boys there next Dec, I could see some new art coming home.

Finally, it was time!



A plane for Jeff




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Old 03-16-2013, 03:36 PM   #1224
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Anybody wanna sandwich I mean a T shirt? con't.

I was honestly worried that this would really bug my elbow and, it did, but in the heat of the moment who cares. Seriously though, do that ride a bunch of times back to back and you could get carpal tunnel. LOL!



With that, we were starving and ready to get out of there.

Bye Bye Hat!



Hello (and goodbye) handsome!





The boat we didn't take. I love this walk and vastly prefer it to the boat whenever I can.







Too hungry to stop here



A woman on a mission



Boo, room wasn't ready! I wasn't really expecting it to be but a girl can hope.

Hmmn, maybe we will come here later? Neither of us remembered a margarita stand being on the Boardwalk.



Boo, too long of a wait at B&C. We consulted the app the burger focus in mind and decided our best options were Big River or Captain's Grille and at that point, CG was significantly closer!

No issues walking in here





Hello my precious



SO good!

I love the Yacht Club. Honestly if they had villas here wed have bought. It is our favorite for so many reasons.





It also has one of the best resort shops on property I think



More T's!



LOVE that they are coming out with resort specific stuff again







Ok thats not resort specific



A fun thing that I havent mentioned yet. Both boys had given me specific lists of pins to try and trade for, and the pins they wanted to trade. KingPin was at the YC that day and I had a ton of fun talking and trading with him at the counter. We will definitely visit him while at the BW in Dec. Its not his big trading event that is over at AKL but he does appear to work at the YC on other days. Good to know!
Bye Bye YC, if we are lucky on our walk our room will be ready





Arrgh. We did an Illuminations fireworks cruise in one of these in 2010 (a non pirate boat version) and it was one of the most magical things EVER. So incredibly cool.





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Old 03-16-2013, 03:44 PM   #1225
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Anybody wanna T-shirt, con't.







I've heard there is a wonderful space called The Attic above Jellyrolls. Anyone ever seen it or been there?



Our room will not be here



Or here (although mine WILL be next NYE!)



We did, of course, poke into the shop. I'm with Mary Ellen, that sink strainer is SO cute but I'd hate seeing it all icky.

More T's!

Except this one was high on my want list. Still is. Really wanted to get it but as with the Hamm shirt, it was too springy to buy at the time if I found others that were less so. What can I say, I'm an immediate gratification kind of gal.



These are darn cute even if they are blurry





With that, it was stunning out and that means...pool time! I was happy to follow Mary Ellen to the cottage pool. Its on the hotel side of the resort and what a pretty walk to it.







Ah, the Cottage Suites. So adorable!



Wedding set up.



And thats that. I didn't take another shot but went straight for the pool! Literally. Got changed as fast as I could and went straight in the water. Bliss. Did some reading, went in and out of the pool and was entertained by the duck in the pool and the 3 teen girls near us. It was just lovely. According to my photos we had about an hour and a half of pool bliss though admittedly Mary Ellen was getting annoyed that our room wasn't quite ready. We'd both hoped to have a drink at the pool and well, we couldn't make one without our supplies.

At about 3:30 we decided to go visit Boardwalk Joe's.





My choice, The Grand.



It was quite good!

This doesn't look comfortable



Similar pricing. I'm not a fan of the whole "skinny" drink marketing.


And with that, our room was ready! Drinks in hand we headed up. What would we see??

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You guys got a good start to the day! I've never joined the initial TSM fp rush, what a line!
RnR is my favourite ride too! (Well, depending on the day... )
Love all the t-shirt pics, makes me want some more!
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Old 03-16-2013, 05:04 PM   #1227
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Great additions, Cynthia. You got some great pics of the performers at the Studios.

And I love the various t-shirts you kept taking pictures of for the E's. I hope at the end you let us know which ones you ended up purchasing.

I love that sink stopper and think I'm going to get it on the next trip and tell the men in this house to take it out and use the old one when doing dishes, etc

I love the photos of the walk from the Studios to the BW; we only took the boat when we were there in December after meeting Nicki and Todd at the Dolphin; we'll have to try the walk since we are staying at the BWV in December.
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Old 03-16-2013, 06:23 PM   #1228
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Cynthia what a shame no one had any T shirts !!! Seriously Great Update !!!
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If anyone deserves the "Amazing Feats of Juggling" t-shirt, it's you!

GET IT!!!

The picture of the strollers and your caption are hilarious! Wow! I'm so glad I'm past having to go to those shows.

It was a great day at HS- I especially appreciate the timing info for TSM and the FP return window.

Really loved your afternoon hanging out at the Boardwalk and Beyond. Glad to hear you enjoyed your lunch at Captain's Grille. I don't even think they get that busy at dinner time, at least the night we went there were seats.

I also enjoyed seeing the merchandise inside of Fittings & Fairings. I haven't been in there. Didn't even know about the gift shop there at the YC until I started working on the FAQ thread.

Thanks for sharing the Margarita menus. What a great poolside "Welcome Home" drink.

Can't wait to see what your home looks like, and looks onto.
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Old 03-16-2013, 08:02 PM   #1230
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I've never stepped into the yacht club but it looks beautiful!! I love seeing the different set ups they do for weddings at Disney I think I need to renew my vows there!!!
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