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Old 05-16-2013, 10:59 AM   #46
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Maybe someone already mentioned this (I'm trying to catch up on Trip Reports, so I'm not reading comments so much) but Minnie doesn't meet with Mickey in Town Square. She did temporarily for "sweetheart" week or whatever it was called around Valentine's Day in February, but now she's only in Pete's Silly Sideshow back in the circus area in the Magic Kingdom.
The only place at Disney you can meet Minnie & Mickey together is at the Animal Kingdom, since they recently moved them from Camp Minnie-Mickey.

I LOVE all your photopass photos! We didn't get very many this time.
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Old 05-16-2013, 11:07 AM   #47
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Maybe someone already mentioned this (I'm trying to catch up on Trip Reports, so I'm not reading comments so much) but Minnie doesn't meet with Mickey in Town Square. She did temporarily for "sweetheart" week or whatever it was called around Valentine's Day in February, but now she's only in Pete's Silly Sideshow back in the circus area in the Magic Kingdom.
The only place at Disney you can meet Minnie & Mickey together is at the Animal Kingdom, since they recently moved them from Camp Minnie-Mickey.

I LOVE all your photopass photos! We didn't get very many this time.
Oh, that makes a lot of sense, thank you! The last time I was in Disney was for Valentine's Day week and they were both there so I just assumed that's how it normally was (that was my first time visiting them in Town Square).
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Old 05-19-2013, 05:56 PM   #48
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Hollywood Studios - afternoon/evening

After lunch it was time to use our Toy Story fastpasses. I actually got my highest score ever this time around! But I still didn't beat DH...



Up next was Muppet Vision 3-D. I love the Muppets and I always appreciate this show. I took a few pictures around here too.







Then we headed for Backlot Tours! I have a special place in my heart for this because I was chosen as a volunteer in the beginning show twice before. This time, however, they didn't even pick volunteers and didn't do the pre-show! They talked a little about what they would do but didn't actually do it. It was really lame and disappointing. Apparently they are in the process of re-doing the pre-show bit so it's all going to be changing. Too bad, because I always thought that was the best part of that attraction.



My family enjoyed it too - they liked catastrophe canyon. I like seeing the ear water tower and remembering when that used to be the symbol of MGM!



I wanted to make sure we got to the drawing class at the Animation Academy because I always really like doing that. We got into a class and I was amazed and how many people frequented this place. They just do it over and over again. The instructor was trying to choose a character to draw and she asked who had already drawn what, and there were some people that had drawn tons of characters! In the end we did Rapunzel. She was much more challenging than the other ones I've done! I think mine came out okay, though her eyes are a little messed up. It also felt more rushed, I think because she was more complicated.



When we finished drawing the line to meet Ralph and Vanellope was really short, so we got on that! We enjoyed watching all of the video game references in the queue.







We were debating on doing the Indiana Jones show or Lights, Motors, Action, but my dad really wanted to do Indiana Jones so we went with that. It is an exciting show.





We had a little time before our dinner reservation, so we went on Star Tours again - we had a much better sequence this time!

Dinner was at Mama Melrose, and I'd never been there before. Our waiter was quite a character - very flamboyant and fun. We split entrees and got a pitcher of sangria, which I thought was really good. The food was decent if not great. The desserts, on the other hand, were fantastic!



Found some of my favorite Star Trek actors on the walls...





We then moseyed out way out of the park, stopping in some shops and whatnot. It was a very pleasant day!
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:43 AM   #49
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Great Update! I LOVE the Muppets! I know that show is pretty cheesy but I have fond memories of going there as a teenager so I can't wait to go back with my parents this summer and take my son for the first time!!
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Old 05-20-2013, 09:55 AM   #50
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Great update!
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Old 05-21-2013, 02:02 PM   #51
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Great Update! I LOVE the Muppets! I know that show is pretty cheesy but I have fond memories of going there as a teenager so I can't wait to go back with my parents this summer and take my son for the first time!!
Muppets are the best! I was obsessed with the Great Muppet Caper as a kid, I watched it over and over

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Thank you! Glad you're still following along!
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:26 PM   #52
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Love all the Muppet Area pics! I was going to take a bunch around there, but didn't write it down and it didn't happen. So much coolness, gotta miss something I suppose. But I'm happy to look at yours.

I was surprised how much I liked Hollywood Studios. Still don't think I'd like it in the summer -- not enough shade! -- but we really enjoyed it in February. Of course even then eldest and I went home in the middle of the day.
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Old 05-22-2013, 01:04 PM   #53
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Love all the Muppet Area pics! I was going to take a bunch around there, but didn't write it down and it didn't happen. So much coolness, gotta miss something I suppose. But I'm happy to look at yours.

I was surprised how much I liked Hollywood Studios. Still don't think I'd like it in the summer -- not enough shade! -- but we really enjoyed it in February. Of course even then eldest and I went home in the middle of the day.
I know what you mean - I absolutely love all 4 Disney parks, but if I was pushed to pick a least favorite it would probably be HS. Yet every time I go there I remember how much I like it and how many unique things there are to do there! And it's DH's favorite park
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Old 05-22-2013, 03:58 PM   #54
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Epcot - Morning

I was very excited to get to Epcot to see the Flower and Garden festival for the first time! I know some people don't think there's a lot to it, but right away I was impressed with the topiaries and the brightly colored flowers found around. We made it our mission throughout the day to take a picture of every single topiary





However, we decided to start our morning in Future World, do all of that, and then head to the World Showcase for the afternoon. We went for Test Track first. I had tried the new Test Track in February, but on the fast pass line - there was almost no options that time for designing your car, you basically just picked color and if you wanted to focus on power/efficiency/etc. So this experience, of having the 3 minutes or whatever to design the car, was awesome! We had so much fun doing it and it was such an important part of the ride experience that I'm surprised they didn't have us do it last time. The ride itself is still basically the same, I enjoy it as much as I used to before the changes. You can't even see my face in the ride picture because my hair is flying in my face, haha:



Then afterward we stuck around to play with all of the extra stuff: we put our car into a commercial, drove it around a virtual track, and took our picture with it. We also took pictures with some of the actual cars there and spent some time looking at the showroom. All told we spent over an hour in Test Track!





DH and my dad wanted to do Mission: Space. I've done it before, and I enjoy it, but my mom was going to go to the festival center so I decided to go with her. Good choice, because I was glad I got to see that stuff and the boys would've been bored and complaining in there! We also passed some more topiaries on the way:









Inside the Festival center we walked around. I bought a pin (I don't collect them like some people, but I do buy one every trip that I feel represents the trip itself - so a flower and garden pin was perfect for this time!). We also got our free Garden passports! This has a list of all the booths, food, and topiaries, and you can get it stamped at each location. Throughout the day we managed to collect all of the stamps!

Once the men were done traveling to Mars we all headed over to get fastpasses from Soarin' (well, my mom didn't get a fastpass because she has a fear of heights, but the rest of us did!). While we waited we went to Nemo.



We went on the ride and then stayed for Turtle Talk with Crush. This show is so adorable and always hilarious! One little girl asked Crush, "What's your favorite bug?" and I think he was pretty taken aback by the question! He paused for a moment and then asked her, "What's your favorite bug?" She said ladybug and he said that was his favorite too. Then a few questions later a young boy raises his hand. However, he was clearly nervous and forgot his question - he stuttered for a bit and then finally blurted out, "What's your favorite bug?" It was so funny - kids provide great entertainment sometimes We checked out the tanks at the Seas and still had some time left so we sampled sodas from Club Cool.



We went on Soarin', which was a great ride as always. My mom did Living with the Land while we were on it, which she enjoyed as well. We were pretty hungry by then, and our plan was the eat around the World at the Flower and Garden booths, so we started to head for the World Showcase. Passed some more topiaries along the way, of course:













Also stepped in the Butterfly House, which was a really nice feature!



The very first booth that we came to was Fruits by the Glass, and we got two wines to sample - mango wine and blueberry wine. Both were very good!

For detailed descriptions and pictures of the foods we tried at the Flower and Garden booths, check out my Dining Review as I update it. I'll mention everything we tried here but put most of the pics and info over there!

Our first stop was Mexico. We tried three items from here: the Rosita Margarita, the tacos de Carnitas, and the Tostada de Jaiba (crab). Everything was good but I thought the crab tostada was amazing! Since we'd been go-go-go all day we sat at the outdoor seating area for awhile, relaxing.



We were also entertained by this bird, who kept trying to get a bit of everyone's food - and when one woman got up, he successfully took a bit of whatever she was eating!

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I hadn't seen that Phineas and Ferb topiary before.

Love your Turtle Talk with Crush write up!
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I hadn't seen that Phineas and Ferb topiary before.

Love your Turtle Talk with Crush write up!
I always love doing Turtle Talk! Last time we were there we had a kid who asked Crush, "What does turtle taste like?" Crush definitely did not appreciate that question, haha!
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Looks like you got lots of beautiful shots from Epcot. The Phineas and Ferb topiaries are definitely pretty cool, but where's Perry? (hee, hee)
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Love this update! I also have to tell you before becoming a SAHM I was really considering getting my masters in library science, it sounds weird but working in a library is my dream job! I worked at the the library all through College and loved it! At the time I was making decent money in finance and it just didn't make sense economically. Now I make NO money, so maybe when DS goes back to school I can work on that dream

I am looking forward to reading more!
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Looks like you got lots of beautiful shots from Epcot. The Phineas and Ferb topiaries are definitely pretty cool, but where's Perry? (hee, hee)
Haha I know! The funny thing is that the first time I took a picture I took it from the side and didn't get Perry in the picture at all! Then I spotted him and had to take one from the front

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Love this update! I also have to tell you before becoming a SAHM I was really considering getting my masters in library science, it sounds weird but working in a library is my dream job! I worked at the the library all through College and loved it! At the time I was making decent money in finance and it just didn't make sense economically. Now I make NO money, so maybe when DS goes back to school I can work on that dream

I am looking forward to reading more!
I hope you do! I absolutely love libraries so I can only hope that I find an actual job in one soon!
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Epcot - Afternoon



After sampling some of the Mexican food, we of course had to go inside and go on the Mexican boat ride (as we call it)! Back on our one big family trip that we took when I was 8 and my brother was 6, we were terrified by some of the bigger rides. However, we loved el Rio del Tiempo because it was so calm and peaceful! We rode it over and over again. So it has a lot of memories for our family. We enjoyed it once more, though I don't think my parents were as crazy about the new Three Caballeros stuff.



For the Flower and Garden festival there was also a lovely orchid display outside the Mexican building:



We also stopped to listen to the mariachi band! That's one of the things I love about the World Showcase - even if there aren't tons of "attractions," there's still lots of entertainment going on and interesting things to see and do.



Norway was our next stop:



We went on Maelstrom and looked at the overpriced sweaters for a bit. Norway had one topiary, a troll:



Then it was on to China, where we tried the Spring Pancake and the Kung Fu Punch at the Flower and Garden booth. There were two more topiaries here as well:





We stopped to watch the Chinese acrobats here too. They were amazing! I was also grateful to rest, because my feet were killing me and it was getting really hot out.



You may be able to tell from this picture how hot and exhausted I am!



In Germany we had a potato pancake, but DH didn't like it because it had onions. The Snow White and the 7 Dwarves topiary was here too, which was really neat:


Italy was next, where my mom had a lobster dish that she loved and I had refreshing strawberry rossini:



We also found the Lady and Tramp here:



We spent a lot of time in Italy, mostly because we found a shady spot to sit in and we just wanted to rest for awhile. I'm not sure why but I was in major pain in my feet. I do a lot of walking and jogging so this was a little surprising. We also decided to get some photopass pictures while we were there!





In America we didn't get any food, but we did of course have to check out the topiaries:





We also saw that the Voices of Liberty show was starting in ten minutes, so we decided to stay for that. I'd never seen it before and had always been interested. Plus we got to sit on the floor AND it was in the air conditioning!



They were extremely talented, sang some good songs, and the show lasted about 15 minutes long. I thought that was the perfect length for a theme park performance.

DH and I are were excited to get to Japan to try the food there! He had a spicy seafood dish that he absolutely loved, and I had the frushi - also quite delicious!



It was later in the afternoon now. Our plan was the hit up the rest of the countries before our dinner reservation at Rose and Crown. We were also meeting up with a friend of mine for dinner!
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