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Old 01-23-2013, 12:20 PM   #31
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Cant wait to try out Test Track next time... YOu know the past three times we have been- we havent done it? I was pregnant 2 of the times and this last time, the day we were at Epcot, it poured and poured and we ended up just leaving.. Do you know what the height requirement is on it? My almost 5 year old would die to be able to do it!

Via Napoli looks wonderful too- never ate there- sadly!
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:11 PM   #32
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Okay, it's like 9 degrees here, but that Italian ice cream soda looks soooo good right now.
It was so good.


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Your meal at VN looks really good!! We've never tried there (we usually don't like making ADR's at types of restaurants that are pretty much EVERYWHERE at home - Italian is basically #1 on that list!) but I have heard excellent reviews!

Too funny about the chef wanting Anika to finish her dessert!
I absolutely understand aiming for the out-of-area choices, but I would definately recommend trying it out sometime!

Anika never wants to make anyone feel bad! I thought it was very nice that she wanted to impress the chef, but I don't think her stomach appreciated the gesture.


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Cant wait to try out Test Track next time... YOu know the past three times we have been- we havent done it? I was pregnant 2 of the times and this last time, the day we were at Epcot, it poured and poured and we ended up just leaving.. Do you know what the height requirement is on it? My almost 5 year old would die to be able to do it!

Via Napoli looks wonderful too- never ate there- sadly!
Test Track is our favorite ride at Epcot! I'm on the fence on whether or not we'll like the update (we'll see in May!) but I'm sure that won't stop us from riding it.

The height requirement is actually not too bad - only 40 inches! If your son can ride Soarin', he can ride Test Track. I'm sure he'll love it - even when Anika was young and didn't like most thrill rides, she enjoyed Test Track from her first ride!
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Nothing could ruin my day if I was headed for Disney! I never even thought of the fact that she probably thought we were just annoying kids... I'm actually a lot older than I look!
It doesn't matter how old you are, she should have been nicer. I KNOW she would not have said something like that to me...and you are adorable! Having adult sons, I see how some people are to nice people that look young....you deserve better
I took a peek at the wonderful stories about your daughter - it just warmed my heart because I actually have congenital heart disease, too! I've had five open heart surgeries and four pulmonary valves due to tetralogy of Fallot. You'll have to look for my scar in upcoming pictures!
I am so sorry for what I know you and your parents have been through, but i am SUPER excited you shared that with me! I read it last week but this is the first time I have had a chance to respond. Lisa turns ten this year and it is just a blessing to see someone as strong as you, who has been through so much, enjoying life! And I DID see your scar...badge of courage!!!
(Tell your daughter to be super proud of her scar - it shows how tough we are.)
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(Side note: hugs for being open-heart surgery buddies! (Mitral valve repair here!) )
My Lisa has had a mitral valve repair (OHS #2) and a Mitral Valve Implant (OHS #3). I do hope you are doing well!


Jenny, I LOVE the foodie pics but have a bone to pick with you...pictures of cute guys MUST be included...always!!! I hope you have some to share soon....and no WONDER my guys love Norway and we spend NO time in Italy!
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:52 AM   #34
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What a GREAT TR/DR!!! I'm so glad that I found you!

First I have to say that you and your sister are so adorable! I'm excited to follow along here!

Em and I will be staying at AKL next trip (only 1 nite but at least we get to stay there) so I was excited to see your AK photos.

How exciting that you will be going back to WDW in a few months.
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:29 AM   #35
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Great update. Oh my I so wanted to see a picture of a hot waiter, be still my heart. It's all good tho no drool to mop up. Pizza looked so good and those ovens, I want one. To cute.
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Jenny, I LOVE the foodie pics but have a bone to pick with you...pictures of cute guys MUST be included...always!!! I hope you have some to share soon....and no WONDER my guys love Norway and we spend NO time in Italy!
I will try and do better next time.

I seriously did see a difference in waitstaff ratios among the differrent countries. I'm not a bit surprised that your guys prefer Norway!


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What a GREAT TR/DR!!! I'm so glad that I found you!

First I have to say that you and your sister are so adorable! I'm excited to follow along here!

Em and I will be staying at AKL next trip (only 1 nite but at least we get to stay there) so I was excited to see your AK photos.

How exciting that you will be going back to WDW in a few months.
Thank you for all of your wonderful compliments! I've enjoyed reading several of your trip and dining adventures, so I'm thrilled you're along for the ride on mine!

I'm sure you and Em will love the AKL! It's a very beautiful resort and I highly recommend doing some exploring while you're there. (And don't worry, I have many more pictures to share in future updates!)

As I sidenote, I'm not sure if you noticed a very familiar looking Master Schedule in my pre-planning chapter... I may have been slightly influenced by a schedule I ran across in one of your reports. Your schedule template was great, and definitely kept us on track and on time all week!


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Great update. Oh my I so wanted to see a picture of a hot waiter, be still my heart. It's all good tho no drool to mop up. Pizza looked so good and those ovens, I want one. To cute.
Next time I really next to take a picture of the waiter!
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I did notice the "master schedule" but I have to give credit for the original template I used from someone here on the Disboards. I don't even remember who it was now since it was several years ago.

Glad to see someone else who is a spreadsheet lover and stayes organized by columns and rows of data!!! Love it!

Reading about how you flew out of Omaha made me feel so nostalgic. My father is from Nebraska and as a child we would go there during the summer so I have a fondness for the area.

Anyhoo... I can't wait to read more.
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Those drinks are not included on the dining plan!
Day 2—Sunday, February 5th



We had a wonderful first night at the Animal Kingdom Lodge! The beds were very comfortable and we didn't hear one peep of noise.

Thank goodness your digestive system keeps working throughout the night—by morning we were actually hungry again! This was a good thing as we were headed to our breakfast reservation at the Grand Floridian Café. In order to get to the Grand Floridian without dealing with the multiple transportation switches, we decided to call a taxi to take us straight there. It was very easy—we called the front desk, asked for the taxi, and it was waiting for us by the time we got to the front door of the lodge.

Let me preface this by saying that most of our experiences with taxis in Disney World were excellent. They were prompt and the drivers were pleasant. It was a very relaxing and low-stress way to travel. Then there was the driver we had for this particular taxi ride...

This taxi driver was CRAZY! I'm seriously shocked that we didn't get into about four accidents on our way to the Grand Floridian. He swerved in and out of lanes, would speed up and then suddenly brake, and thought cutting off other vehicles was a wonderful game. What made it even worse is he listened to the strangest music I think Ive ever heard at the loudest possible volume. It took every bit of restraint I had to not scream, "STOP! Let me out and I'll WALK to the Grand Floridian!"

After that awful journey we (amazingly) arrived at the Grand Floridian in one piece. Plus, we arrived fast (I guess that's one point for the nutty taxi driver!).

Hello, Grand Floridian. You have NO IDEA how excited we are to see you!




Anika LOVED the Grand Floridian. She's my history gal and loves the Victorian era, so this resort was right up her alley. It was really fantastic to see that lobby in person—it's even more beautiful than you can imagine.

(And now you're thinking, well, that's very nice... where are the pictures of this so-called beautiful lobby? I actually didn't take any this morning as we were planning to return later in the week. I promise we did return and I did take pictures which I will share in a future update!)

We were even more excited about our calm and relaxing breakfast since our stress levels had already peaked enough this morning. The Grand Floridian Café is located in the back corner on the first floor of the main building. Here is the entrance and a view of the restaurant:




It was really quiet in there! If you're looking for a nice sport for a relaxed breakfast this would be a great choice. This was our view from the window behind us—very nice!




Our waitress recommended we start with the fruit plate. Since I had nearly died that morning I thought a fruit plate was well deserved. It was a very pretty fruit plate:




Along with our fruit selection, we also ordered our beverages. I knew exactly which beverage I wanted from this restaurant from the first time I saw it on a dining report (Stringbean&Wingnut, I'm looking at you!):



A chocolate frozen cappuccino!

Ahhh... I'm happy to report it was everything I'd dreamed it would be. As fancy coffee beverages are one of the few non-water items Anika will drink, she ordered one too. Definitely a stellar choice.

With our beverages and fruit underway, we ordered our main dishes.

Anika ordered the Vanilla French Toast with bacon, complete with butter and syrup:




I ordered the Smoked Salmon, which comes with tomatoes, red onions, eggs, cheese, and capers, all to be loaded on a bagel with cream cheese:




Anika thought her French toast was excellent. As she allowed me to try a bite (or two), I would agree that it was very good. My smoked salmon was good as well, but I think I would order something different next time. It may be more fun to try something that is a specialty at that particular restaurant.

When our server came with the bill I explained that were were on the deluxe dining plan. If you are astute readers and noted the title at the beginning of this episode, you know exactly what happened next. Our waitress took one look at our card and immediately exclaimed that our drinks were not included on the dining plan. I'm sure I must have looked confused, as I know I've seen it on multiple dining reports (from people who had a dining plan!). Well, whatever works. That frozen cappuccino was worth it, even if I had to pay out of pocket.

Our waitress either felt pity for us (or she realized our drinks actually were on the dining plan) as we were not charged for them. Our first victory of the day! We left around five to nine and headed straight next door to the Magic Kingdom. We'd likely missed our chance to see the opening show (darn that extra time for the fruit plate!), but we would live.


Grand Floridian Café—Final Verdict
If you are looking for a quiet and tasty dining spot right next to a theme park this is an excellent choice. I don't think this will be on the top of our "must do" list every trip, but I think Anika wouldn't mind another order of that Vanilla French Toast. As for me, I would come back for another chocolate frozen cappuccino!


We got to climb the beautiful Grand Floridian staircase in order to reach the monorail on the second floor. Hello, monorail!




I like that you can see other resort buildings (and palm trees!) from the monorail station:




And, look! Here comes our monorail!




It's great that so much magic is just a short ride away...

Up Next: Magic Kingdom
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Love the report! I'm trying to put together an itinerary for our (me, husband, 2 kids) first trip EVER late in the year, and it's hard since I don't know what's what and have horrible map reading skills!

I've been looking around at trip reports to get some ideas, but it's hard to go through page after page after page....of comments. I caught this one at the perfect time!

So, do you ride the monorail from the Grand Floridian into the Magic Kingdom? Also, do you have to be staying in a deluxe resort to ride the monorail, and have some sort of pass to board?

We're planning to stay in a value resort and from what I gather, that involves riding a bus. I'm not sure how the transportation works if you eat breakfast at a different resort though. Hmmmm.
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Yay!!! Glad you enjoyed the Frozen Cappuccino!!! (And yes, unless something recently changed, that should have been included in your DDxP.)

I've always wanted to try their French Toast, but the Steak and Eggs there keeps drawing me in!

Wow, your cab ride sounds a bit crazy!! Glad you all got there in one piece!
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That frozen cappuccino looks incredible! I am putting it on my list of things to try to try!
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Joining in!

We love VN -- delish!!

GFC is one that I have booked and cancelled, but I do ultimately want to end up there one day for bkfst. That french toast always sounds so good. And that fruit plate looked amazing!!
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Reading about how you flew out of Omaha made me feel so nostalgic. My father is from Nebraska and as a child we would go there during the summer so I have a fondness for the area.

Anyhoo... I can't wait to read more.
I actually go to Omaha quite a bit as one of my dearest friends lives right next door (in Council Bluffs, Iowa).

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So, do you ride the monorail from the Grand Floridian into the Magic Kingdom? Also, do you have to be staying in a deluxe resort to ride the monorail, and have some sort of pass to board?

We're planning to stay in a value resort and from what I gather, that involves riding a bus. I'm not sure how the transportation works if you eat breakfast at a different resort though. Hmmmm.

I'm so excited that you're planning your first trip! Thanks for joining! I hope you're able to pick up a few fun things (and feel free to ask questions)!


The quick and dirty on Disney Transportation: Any Disney guest is allowed to take any Disney transportation they like (bus, boat, or monorail). No tickets or passes of any kind are required. If you're at the bus stop or monorail station, they'll let you on!

As for early breakfast ADR's, you have two options. Option one is to take a bus (in your case) to a theme park and then switch to another bus (or boat, or monorail) to get to your desired resort. You have to switch as buses don't go directly from resort to resort (although sometimes nearby resorts will share a bus or boat). I found it easiest to do option two, which is to call a taxi for an early breakfast or late dinner reservation. This was faster and more direct.

I promise that it's much easier than it sounds.
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Yay!!! Glad you enjoyed the Frozen Cappuccino!!! (And yes, unless something recently changed, that should have been included in your DDxP.)

I've always wanted to try their French Toast, but the Steak and Eggs there keeps drawing me in!

Wow, your cab ride sounds a bit crazy!! Glad you all got there in one piece!
I thought the waitress didn't make much sense!

Perhaps the cab driver wanted to make sure we were really awake for our day? If so, he succeeded!


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That frozen cappuccino looks incredible! I am putting it on my list of things to try to try!
It was very, very good. Highly recommended!


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We love VN -- delish!!

GFC is one that I have booked and cancelled, but I do ultimately want to end up there one day for bkfst. That french toast always sounds so good. And that fruit plate looked amazing!!
We really enjoyed Via Napoli... so much so that we have an ADR on the first night of our May trip!

I really wish I had ordered the french toast... my salmon was good, but that french toast was great!
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Fantasyland Rush
Day 2—Part II


We arrived at the Magic Kingdom around 9:10 so we definitely missed the welcome show. Maybe next time!

I had to grab a few pictures of our walk into the Magic Kingdom:




We bit the bullet and rented a locker that day. Our plans called for a very long day at (and around) Magic Kingdom, so we didn’t want to spend the whole day lugging coats and umbrellas and such. This was a great decision and I highly recommend it!

Our first stop was a Photopass photographer. This one was pretty fabulous and included a magic shot for us!




As a side note, I really loved having the Photopass CD. The ability to crop, resize, and border to your heart’s content is pretty darn fun. Plus, we got some really nice pictures with both of us in them:




A walk down Main Street USA is simply not complete without close-up shot of the castle:




In order to avoid the crowd gathered in front of the “Partners” statue, I took a different view and got this shot from the back:




I rather liked it!

Now onto the attractions! Our original plan for the morning was to hit all of the major Fantasyland rides in usual “Touring Plan” order. The fact that we got into the park fifteen minutes late was not to our benefit for this plan of attack. So, we improvised a bit. We grabbed fastpasses for Peter Pan and then chose our first ride in Magic Kingdom:




Yes, looking back, I can’t believe it either! It’s a Small World is such a classic Disney attraction that I like to experience it at least once each trip, but it certainly isn’t my favorite! Anika is not a fan of the ride (I’d like to think the song is mostly to blame), but she humors me and agrees to go on it for me. What a nice travel companion she is!

Here’s a few photos of the “Happiest Cruise that Ever Sailed”:




Look how empty this ride is—there’s absolutely no one on the boat in front of us:




A few more views of IASM:






Anika was no less than thrilled to have that particular “must do” was out of the way! We headed for another classic Disney attraction that both of us were more excited about:




I took just a few shots before we got on our "Happy" cart:




We both agreed that this was our favorite among the three MK slow-moving cart story rides. Yes, more than Peter Pan and more than Winnie the Pooh! We’re a bit sad it won’t be here the next time we visit.

Next, it was time for a spin on some crazy, wild teacups:




Is this a face of joy or what?!




I’m so glad Anika is as big a fan of all the nutty rides that I am!


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