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Old 04-07-2013, 09:44 AM   #16
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Old 04-07-2013, 10:05 AM   #18
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we never saw the geyser do it's show



Mom said this is exactly how some of the hot springs look out West. I've never been out there so I took her word for it.



another view of the geyser. I think it's supposed to go off every 15 minutes but I was too impatient to stick around.



I loved these walk ways they had.















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Old 04-07-2013, 11:46 AM   #19
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I'm not trying to rush the WL pictures, but I do want to get to the cruise and there are still plenty of pictures to get through.

At this point we started making our way to the bus stops, of course I took pictures along the way.









I could not get my camera to focus on the cardinal instead of the branches. Anyone have any tips on what I was doing wrong?



had to capture some wildlife I saw



beautiful flower



As we walked up to the bus stop a DTD bus was pulling up. The timing couldn't have been more perfect. I didn't do much research on WL since we were only staying the one night, so I didn't know we shared a bus route with several resorts. No big deal but it did make the ride seem rather lengthy. I checked the movie times while we were driving and there was a Jack the Giant Slayer showing at 7:00 we wanted to see.

We got to DTD around 5:45 and headed straight to EoS.

I saw these cute little guys on the way and had to take a picture.





The line at EoS was long as usual but the heartbreaker is that they took off my favorite sandwich, the Veggie. It boggles my mind since they still have all the ingredients. I was going to send EoS an email and haven't gotten around to it. I should still do that. With the removal of the Veggie there's only the Caprese as a vegetarian option. I know a lot of people eat meat, but there's no reason to take off a sandwich that you still have all the ingredients for... Ok, off my soapbox. We both ended up getting a Caprese and I also got a Thai wrap w/o chicken to try.

The Caprese was fabulous as usual



but they totally drenched the Thai wrap in sauce. I couldn't finish it it was so spicey.



As we neared Ghirardelli I remembered Alicia had raved about the chocolate chip cookie on her TR. I figured no time like the present and we still had time before the movie so I told mom I was going to stop in. She went around to get her free piece of chocolate at the store while I ordered. I simply asked for two cookies and the lady asked which ones. I had no idea there were different kinds, the menu only says fresh baked cookie. There was a chocolate chip, a chocolate chip and toffee, and a white chocolate macademia. I got the first two, warmed. Oh my goodness. I was expecting good but not that good. They were melt in your mouth delicious. Probably the only ones better I've tried are mom's or mine homemade. Mom agreed on the deliciousness, we will definitely be returning in the future. We managed to save half of each for the movie and quickly made our way over there.

We should have taken them out of the bags for pictures since they are HUGE cookies but we didn't take the time.



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Old 04-07-2013, 12:50 PM   #20
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I love all the photos from around the hotel. It's nice to see somebody in the villa pool. I have only been there once during the day, but Graham has been there a few times and said that the pool was always empty. The geyser is worth hanging around for. The cookies look delicious. I think I have to check out if they do them at the new Ghirardelli store at Disney California Adventure, too.

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Old 04-07-2013, 01:04 PM   #21
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I love all the photos from around the hotel. It's nice to see somebody in the villa pool. I have only been there once during the day, but Graham has been there a few times and said that the pool was always empty. The geyser is worth hanging around for. The cookies look delicious. I think I have to check out if they do them at the new Ghirardelli store at Disney California Adventure, too.

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Thanks The hotel and grounds were just gorgeous. We kept oooing and awwwing the whole time we were walking around. We talked to a guy who had just gotten out of the pool. He said the water was fantastic but it was painful getting out because the air felt so cold. It was late in the afternoon so the pool was mostly covered in shade. I wanted to see the geyser but was just too impatient to wait around. Those cookies are definitely worth trying. I preferred the chocolate chip and mom prefered the chocolate toffee. I'll have to try the white chocolate macademia nut at some point in the future, for research sake
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Love the WL pictures! That's the next hotel that I check into at WDW, so I'm enjoying the preview. When we stayed there in 1997, we had a Jr. Suite and a partial view of the geyser. I would sit out on the balcony and watch it go off when we were in the room.

Maybe I'll get to the DCA Ghiradelli soon for "research" on those cookies! We already need to get out there and do a "taste test" on the vegetarian version vs the regular Monte Cristo!
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Yay! You've begun! Can't wait to relive it along with you.

Thanks for the VWL photos. We were there for two days after the cruise and spent a lot of time in the pool -- it was surprisingly warm. We really love that resort a lot.

And the Earl of Sandwich is on our list for the August trip. We're starting with a mother-daughter few days at Old Key West, so will be dining at Downtown Disney for a few nights. Now we have to add those chocolate chip cookies too!
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I guess your camera only has Auto Focus? Next time, try and focus on the branch closest to the bird and them move the focus box on top of the bird. Hope that makes sense.

Anyway, love the photos of the lodge and of the cookies....
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Joining in. We are taking a 7 day Eastern on the Fantasy this summer, so I can't wait to see your photos!

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Love the WLV/H pics. My friend had her wedding photos taken on the grounds- simply gorgeous.
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Love the WL pictures! That's the next hotel that I check into at WDW, so I'm enjoying the preview. When we stayed there in 1997, we had a Jr. Suite and a partial view of the geyser. I would sit out on the balcony and watch it go off when we were in the room.

Maybe I'll get to the DCA Ghiradelli soon for "research" on those cookies! We already need to get out there and do a "taste test" on the vegetarian version vs the regular Monte Cristo!
It really is such a unique and beautiful resort. I'll have to scope out the geyser on the next trip.

Yes, a research trip to the cookies is a must
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Yay! You've begun! Can't wait to relive it along with you.

Thanks for the VWL photos. We were there for two days after the cruise and spent a lot of time in the pool -- it was surprisingly warm. We really love that resort a lot.

And the Earl of Sandwich is on our list for the August trip. We're starting with a mother-daughter few days at Old Key West, so will be dining at Downtown Disney for a few nights. Now we have to add those chocolate chip cookies too!
Thanks for joining me It was such a great trip, can't wait to tell everyone about it. I was surprised how much we liked the WL.

Oh I loved Old Key West. I stayed there for the first time last December and it was so relaxing. Yes, please try the cookies, they were fantastic!
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I guess your camera only has Auto Focus? Next time, try and focus on the branch closest to the bird and them move the focus box on top of the bird. Hope that makes sense.

Anyway, love the photos of the lodge and of the cookies....
Thanks so much. I just had the camera on autofocus. I'll have to remember that next time.
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