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Old 05-08-2013, 11:37 PM   #31
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Magic Kingdom - afternoon

After lunch we decided to hop onto the Haunted Mansion, since it was right across the way! Now, this may seem silly, but I've always been really afraid of haunted houses. I know HM isn't so bad but I'm still a little nervous when I go on it. However, when I visited in February I rode with a friend who told me all sorts of interesting details and backstory about it, and now I don't really find it scary anymore!



After that ride we headed back over to Fantasyland to use our Little Mermaid fastpasses. I don't know exactly why, as Little Mermaid isn't my favorite movie or anything, but I really enjoy that ride. It's just feel peaceful and fun. On our way there I noticed they had "hoofprints" in the ground by the Tangled bathrooms - and they even said "Maximus" on them! I thought that was a really neat little detail. One of the things that I love about Disney.



Once we rode Little Mermaid we decided to head into Frontierland. I had my eye on Splash Mountain, my favorite ride. We passed the Country Bear Jamboree and thought about going in - see, there's a bit of back story that we like to tease my dad about. The first time we went together as a family my dad's boss told him the one attraction he absolutely must see was the Country Bears. I don't know if his boss genuinely believed that or was playing a joke on him (I honestly think it's the former), but there we were at rope drop of the Magic Kingdom, rushing with everyone toward Frontierland... and then we stopped at the Country Bears and everyone else hurried past us toward Splash Mountain! We still like to tease him about that all the time. In the end we decided to pass on the country bears for now.

We did spot this lovely fellow as we made our way over:


Splash Mountain is my absolute favorite, and it had been down when I visited in February (not to mention much too cold!). DH was coming on with me, but my dad opted not to - I was a little disappointed, but he didn't want to get wet! It was just slightly on the chilly side, I think around 68 degrees or so and the sun wasn't out, so it would be a little uncomfortable to be wet. I tried to convince him to come on in his poncho but it was a no-go.

DH purposely made an extremely exaggerated face for the photo. Mine is all natural, though! And now that I look at it, it seems like the man in front of us is ripping his shirt open... weird!



We hardly got wet at all, just a few drops that dried quickly! Last time I had been on Splash Mountain in September 2011 it was looking a little sad - some of the animatronics had fallen over. We made jokes when riding through about the ones that had "died." It got that three month refurb so I think they were able to fix a lot of that.

On our way over to Adventureland everyone stopped for some ice cream. DH and my dad got Mickey bars and my mom got a strawberry bar. I didn't have anything except a bite of DH's Mickey bar because I was still full from my waffle sandwich!



We went on Pirates next. My dad sat on the edge, and in the part where the cannonballs go off it splashed into our boat and he got more wet on that ride than we did on Splash Mountain! Haha, karma.

Also, my dad can never resist trying on hats:



My dad really wanted to do the Jungle Cruise (He loves corny jokes), but the line was kind of long so we got fastpasses. In the meantime we headed back to Main Street so I could get some Sorcerer's of the Magic Kingdom cards.

Random picture time:


I got my cards and then we decided to go meet Mickey and Minnie. We waited around 20 minutes, but for some reason we only got to meet Mickey. It was good though, you can't go to Disney without a Mickey picture, right? They took a shot of the "birthday" people first, then everyone, and then couples.





As we came out of meeting Mickey the parade was passing by, so we decided to stop and watch it for awhile. I don't usually stop to see the parades but since it was right there we did, and I enjoyed it!



We headed back toward Jungle Cruise and on the way I decided to actually test out my Sorcerer's cards for the first time. I had gotten a pack and "training" in February, but it had been so crowded I never actually played. I found my first spot and a little kid was just finishing up so I waited and then went to do it. For some reason I couldn't figure out how to make it work and I had forgotten my training! The little kid was nice enough to help me out, lol. It took me awhile to get the hang of it, but we finally realized that you have to hold the card up quickly and suddenly, not slowly like I had been doing. We just did the one location before heading back to Jungle Cruise.

Random castle pic:



We also stopped for some photopass shots on our way:



And then it was on to the Jungle Cruise! It's so corny, haha. But cute.



The backside of water:


Another random castle shot (Am I the only one that feels the need to take a picture of the castle every time I walk past it??):


We had an early dinner planned at Be Our Guest. I am in love with this place:






It's so gorgeous, and the food we had an absolutely phenomenal. If you want to see food pics and a full review of that, check out my dining review:http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=48278377

Also, since we were celebrating birthdays, we got the gray stuff!


Then it was time to meet the Beast! We were waiting on line and were about half way through, when the Beast, in between pictures, suddenly left. He headed right toward us, and we thought he was trying to get through so we stepped aside... but he walked right up to DH, shook his hand, and then went back to taking pictures! It was the weirdest thing. The Beast was a funny character. When we got up there he was trying to mime ask us if we enjoyed our dinner by rubbing his belly, but we totally weren't getting it haha.


(My face in this one, haha - it's like "Beast, what on earth are you trying to say to me??")



We took a few pictures with the stained glass before heading back out into Fantasyland!

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Old 05-09-2013, 08:20 AM   #32
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The "Maximus" horse shoe print is adorable. I have to find that this fall.
Funny story about the Country Bears!
I can't get over how gorgeous BOG is. I am actually having some serious anxiety about getting a reservation there! My ADR day is coming up! I feel like some sort of addict, I NEED that reservation!!!
"The grey stuff" -- first I've heard of it. Amazing touch!
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Old 05-10-2013, 12:02 AM   #33
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The "Maximus" horse shoe print is adorable. I have to find that this fall.
Funny story about the Country Bears!
I can't get over how gorgeous BOG is. I am actually having some serious anxiety about getting a reservation there! My ADR day is coming up! I feel like some sort of addict, I NEED that reservation!!!
"The grey stuff" -- first I've heard of it. Amazing touch!
I really hope you get your BOG reservation! I was online first thing in the morning and I got it - I also went for an earlier time which wasn't as competitive, so if you don't mind eating early it's easier to get say a 4:45 reservation!

And if you can think of anything at all that you're celebrating, put it on your reservation - that way you'll get to try the gray stuff too!
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Old 05-10-2013, 11:59 AM   #34
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Great update! Ah, I love when I only get the slightest bit wet on Splash! Haha, your poor dad on POC!
Love the story of the little kid helping you out with the Sorceror's game! I'm pretty interested in trying it out when we go-- do you think it's worth a bit of time? The crowd reports for my week are soooo low (Sept 2-9), I'm thinking we'll definitely have the time for it!
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Old 05-10-2013, 01:37 PM   #35
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Great update! Ah, I love when I only get the slightest bit wet on Splash! Haha, your poor dad on POC!
Love the story of the little kid helping you out with the Sorceror's game! I'm pretty interested in trying it out when we go-- do you think it's worth a bit of time? The crowd reports for my week are soooo low (Sept 2-9), I'm thinking we'll definitely have the time for it!
Yeah, definitely try it! You should have plenty of time. We got married on Sept 3rd and had our honeymoon that week and it was the best - we didn't wait for anything! We were seriously at a point where if the wait was 15 or 20 minutes we'd get a fastpass! You'll have a blast! At the very least stop in to get a pack of cards - they're free and fun a little souvenir even if you don't end up playing.
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Old 05-13-2013, 12:10 AM   #36
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Magic Kingdom - evening

After dinner we had planned to do Mickey's Philharmagic, since my parents had never seen it. Unfortunately, it was temporarily down - which was very inconvenient since we were right in the area anyway! So we did the carousel instead, which was nice but a pretty short ride.



Since there was almost no wait we then decided to go meet Ariel in her grotto as well. I think it's cool to see her in her fin! Dad seemed to like Ariel too...





After meeting Ariel, Mickey's Philharmagic was back! So we watched that show. We decided to get a few more photopass pics at the castle - in my mind, you can never have too many!





We still had some time left before the fireworks dessert party, so we decided to play some more Sorcerer's of the Magic Kingdom. I completed a full "quest line" or whatever it's called this time, visiting most of the Main Street locations. My next mission was in Adventureland, but we decided we didn't want to trek all the way there so I saved it for next time. We visited the shops on Main Street, looking for a sweatshirt for my mother - it had gotten pretty cold by this point! With the time remaining we did a complete loop on the train, then headed to the fireworks dessert party.

They have a big variety of desserts, so I got a taste of most things. The fruit tarts are definitely my favorite! It was still pretty chilly though, and even with the sweater I brought I was cold. Unfortunately the "hot beverages" were only lukewarm and not very good, so that wasn't helping much. I was glad when Wishes started. This is definitely my favorite show in Disney. It was fantastic, as always.




























I was completely exhausted by the end of this day. By the time we got back it was around 11, and don't forget that I was up at 5am that morning! My feet were also just killing me. I went back, took a nice hot bath, and went right to sleep. I needed my energy for Hollywood Studios the next day!
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Great update!
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Old 05-13-2013, 04:17 PM   #38
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Great Update! I've never done the Fireworks Dessert party. It sounded like it was a little disappointing though. Do you think it is something you would try again? The desserts did look really yummy
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You certainly had a packed day! Can't wait to read about your time at DHS!
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This was my second time doing the dessert party, and it's definitely something I would do again, though not every time I visit. The desserts were very good and the view is fantastic. I was only disappointed with the drinks. And it was uncomfortable since it was much colder than we had anticipated, but if I was better prepared for the weather it would've been a different story!

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I know, a little *too* packed! My feet never really stopped hurting til the end of the week! DHS was a blast though
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I love that picture of the two of you in front of the stained glass at BoG!

We're not that big on Disney Dining, but I think we definitely gotta do the dessert party next time. Disney does desserts best anyhow.
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I love that picture of the two of you in front of the stained glass at BoG!

We're not that big on Disney Dining, but I think we definitely gotta do the dessert party next time. Disney does desserts best anyhow.
Thanks - that's one of my favorite pictures too! It's currently my facebook profile pic
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Following along! I am in some serious PDD! We checked out of AoA on 4/20, but spent some of Sun 4/21 at DTD as well!! We also had 6pm ressies at T-Rex! That rain that day was miserable, and the check-in podium was a cluster! Love the magic shots of you and your DH with Tink, and your Splash PP+ picture was classic! What was up with the guy in front of you!?! Looking forward to hearing about the rest of your trip!
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Following along! I am in some serious PDD! We checked out of AoA on 4/20, but spent some of Sun 4/21 at DTD as well!! We also had 6pm ressies at T-Rex! That rain that day was miserable, and the check-in podium was a cluster! Love the magic shots of you and your DH with Tink, and your Splash PP+ picture was classic! What was up with the guy in front of you!?! Looking forward to hearing about the rest of your trip!
So glad to have you along! So funny that we were at T-REX at the same time - we walked all around the restaurant to take pictures so I probably saw you or walked by you at some point
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Hollywood Studios - morning

We got to HS early and were through bag check and the turnstiles by 8:50, so we could head right to Toy Story Mania! I was excited to be in Hollywood Studios:



Toy Story is absolutely one of my favorite queues, because there are so many interesting things to look at and take pictures of:







The ride was a lot of fun, though my parents didn't realize that the key was to shoot as many times as possible - they were taking their time aiming and ended up with really low scores the first time around. DH and I did a bit better - I was player 1:



Not surprised that DH beat me, since he is the video game nerd. But I did about what I usually do, so not bad. We grabbed fastpasses so that we could come back later in the day and try it again!

My family decided to try out the new Jack Sparrow attraction. I chose to stay in the Pixar area and take some more pictures:







I think they were rather disappointed in Jack Sparrow. I haven't done it yet, but they said it was really a bit lame, so I'm not jumping to do it anytime soon.

We next decided to head over to the thrill rides - Rockin' Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror! On the way there, though, I made the family stop for some photopass pics:









We decided to go on Rockin' Roller Coaster first. DH and I are big coaster people and we love this one. My dad was iffy on whether or not he wanted to do it (I could've sworn it did it with him on our father/daughter trip in 2005 but he claims we didn't, so I don't know). We convinced him to go on it though, and he ended up loving it! It's short, and when it was over he was like, "Is that it??" Such a great, intense ride if you're into thrills.



Then DH and my dad decided to go on Tower of Terror. I'm not a fan of this one. I love the intro stuff, before you fall, but I really don't like the feeling in my tummy. I may try it again someday, but since DH had my dad to go with I just hung out in the gift shop with my mom. DH and my dad both absolutely loved it (well, it already was DH's favorite ride, but my dad hadn't done it before). I think it turned out to be my dad's favorite ride at the end of the trip too.



They're way in the last row, in the left corner:



We had a little time before we were ready for lunch, so we went on the Great Movie ride. It's fun, but even my parents commented that it needs to be updated. I agree, I think they could make that ride really cool. I do like the classics though.





Then we decided to try and find lunch. I haven't been to a place at HS yet that I've been super impressed with for counter service - we've tried ABC Commissary and Pizza Planet. We decided on Backlot Express. The sandwich I got there was actually really good, but the most exciting part was the magic tray! My food was served on a "magic" blue tray - I'm not sure if this was just random or because we had to wait longer because I had a special order without one of the ingredients that took longer to make. As a bonus, we got a free dessert! I picked a chocolate cupcake that was huge and absolutely delicious. I shared it with my dad.

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