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Old 10-24-2013, 12:41 PM   #706
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Hi! I have been lurking for a while trying to catch up! Love the DL photos! I try and get out there a couple times a year as my sister lives in LA and my cousins are fairly close to DL. I wish that "fall" started labor day weekend! I have been there that weekend the past two years and don't see it changing in the future. I always miss the HM all done up for Chrismaweem! I am just loving the Fall DL photos you posted!
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Old 10-24-2013, 01:48 PM   #707
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Yay i'm officially caught up now!

The music on the bus to the AKL - HEART! I was watching the videos last night and it was loud and DH asked, "Animal Kingdom?" I have that music on my iTunes and love all AKL music and it instantly takes me right back.

Ugh sorry about the kids next to your room. Annoying!

You guys get so much more amenities than DVC members! Lucky haha! We only get shampoo, conditioner, body wash and if you're lucky, body lotion. And I definitely miss the turndown service and them cleaning up after my mess

Jiko looks fabulous! We always talk about returning since our trip in 2010 but never make the time, even though our home resort is AKV. Embarrassing What a cool meet with Chef Jon too!

You could have eyelashes like the giraffe...it may set you back $60 every few weeks but they'll be gorgeous!

Love the dinosaur photos! 3 times in a row is great! Okay so random and something probably I would only notice. So I was laughing at the third picture of Dinosaur because the guys in the back cracked me up. Then when I went to read your Y&Y review, you can see one of them creepily looking your way when holding up your pina colada! Why

You get 100 points and a virtual high five (that's me high-fiving you , not waving) for saying something in the voice of Nacho Libre!

On a serious note, I want to say thank you to your DS for serving our country and a thanks to you for being a strong mother and for supporting him in his choice to serve.

My goodness you've had so many DIS meets! That's awesome The next time we're at DLR, we should definitely meet up!

Omgosh seriously. The Tusker House buffet is ridiculously filled with food. We too had a reservation there one year (maybe 2008?) and canceled it. I should definitely check it out sometime.
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Old 10-24-2013, 02:06 PM   #708
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Hi! I have been lurking for a while trying to catch up! Love the DL photos! I try and get out there a couple times a year as my sister lives in LA and my cousins are fairly close to DL. I wish that "fall" started labor day weekend! I have been there that weekend the past two years and don't see it changing in the future. I always miss the HM all done up for Chrismaweem! I am just loving the Fall DL photos you posted!
Hi there Woth! I'm glad to see you are reading along and thank you for commenting!

Isn't it great when you can combine a love of Disney with family visits? Usually HM closes early September to have the overlay in place a few weeks later so you'd have to visit later in September through early January to see the Nightmare Before Christmas. I love your Christmaween term.

Thanks again for commenting and I wish you the best for your Disney run event in a couple weeks!
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Old 10-24-2013, 04:03 PM   #709
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Old 10-24-2013, 04:07 PM   #710
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Hi Brenda! I need to go get all caught up. I love reading the trips with you and Em. They remind me so much of myself and daughter Morghan.
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Old 10-24-2013, 04:43 PM   #711
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Yay i'm officially caught up now!

Wow! You get one of these for doing that >>> He's rarely used in my TRs!! Great job!

The music on the bus to the AKL - HEART! I was watching the videos last night and it was loud and DH asked, "Animal Kingdom?" I have that music on my iTunes and love all AKL music and it instantly takes me right back.

There's such a strong association with memories and sound bytes. I love those memories that make you smile. I am that way about the Celebrate You song for the parade. Gets me every time. Good thing I wear sunglasses at MK.

Ugh sorry about the kids next to your room. Annoying!

We showed them!! We changed rooms.

You guys get so much more amenities than DVC members! Lucky haha! We only get shampoo, conditioner, body wash and if you're lucky, body lotion. And I definitely miss the turndown service and them cleaning up after my mess

I noticed that even among the deluxe rooms or the villas the amenities changed. Odd but I was excited to see toothbrushes once.

I like your trade off of Mousekeeping for years of DVC enjoyment!! Definitely you have me beat on that one.


Jiko looks fabulous! We always talk about returning since our trip in 2010 but never make the time, even though our home resort is AKV. Embarrassing What a cool meet with Chef Jon too!

I remember your dining review from that trip. Yours was one of the first reviews that I followed every single post because it was so compelling! Honestly, I'm a huge fan of yours. Just sad that I only popped in from time to time on your more current reviews and updates. But I do remember seeing your progress and measurements when you were pregnant with Calvin and thinking, gosh, wish I looked that good!! One day, I'm sure you will make it back to Jiko!

You could have eyelashes like the giraffe...it may set you back $60 every few weeks but they'll be gorgeous!

Ha ha! I suppose I could but people may mistake me for a dancer or something!

Love the dinosaur photos! 3 times in a row is great! Okay so random and something probably I would only notice. So I was laughing at the third picture of Dinosaur because the guys in the back cracked me up. Then when I went to read your Y&Y review, you can see one of them creepily looking your way when holding up your pina colada! Why

Your powers of observation are amazing! I went back to look and I think you are right. How do you notice that? You probably did great at the "what picture doesn't belong" in magazines when you were little. That's pretty amazing. You would be a good proof reader!

You get 100 points and a virtual high five (that's me high-fiving you , not waving) for saying something in the voice of Nacho Libre!

Love Nacho! "my life is good... real good."

On a serious note, I want to say thank you to your DS for serving our country and a thanks to you for being a strong mother and for supporting him in his choice to serve.

Awwww thank you so much! I appreciate those kind words. I'm just one of countless moms that have had to say good bye and pray for a safe return.

My goodness you've had so many DIS meets! That's awesome The next time we're at DLR, we should definitely meet up!

I would absolutely love that! You and your family are so adorable.

Omgosh seriously. The Tusker House buffet is ridiculously filled with food. We too had a reservation there one year (maybe 2008?) and canceled it. I should definitely check it out sometime.
I was a serial canceller for TH but now that I'm on the other side of it, it is easier to return since I know how good it was.

Thanks again for catching up and all of your kind comments. It only took me most of the day between working and popping in and out of the Disboards to reply.
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Old 10-24-2013, 04:55 PM   #712
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Hi Kelli! I'm so glad that you are here! I was enjoying following along with your mother/daughter TR. Looks like you may have another trip to plan for next October!
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Old 10-24-2013, 11:02 PM   #713
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Yep, I haven't had a bad Dismeet yet!! I sure hope the people I've met say the same thing.
I am sure they do.

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And how do Avatar's fit into the AK theme? Seriously, I really don't know. I will have to reserve judgment on that one. Maybe I should start by seeing the movie.
Definitely see the movie, it is about to become a big part of AK. I have seen it over 40 times. The movie was about the environment and preserving it but man comes along and ruins and destroys it. It fits perfectly in. The concept art had me drooling. I think it would have been better by Rafiki’s and have some kind of transport take you there.

Too bad about the cruise but it seemed to work out.
Congrats on the thread.
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Lobster nachos sound delicious.
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Old 10-24-2013, 11:50 PM   #714
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I am sure they do.

Definitely see the movie, it is about to become a big part of AK. I have seen it over 40 times. The movie was about the environment and preserving it but man comes along and ruins and destroys it. It fits perfectly in. The concept art had me drooling. I think it would have been better by Rafiki’s and have some kind of transport take you there.

Too bad about the cruise but it seemed to work out.
Congrats on the thread.
Love the Tusker House pics. Great that Kathy and Mark met you.
Lobster nachos sound delicious.
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Hi Scott. I hope all is well. Wow! You've seen Avatar more times than I've ever washed my car! Funny thing is that was one of the first movies we got on Blue Ray and I still haven't see it.

Yeah, plan B for the cruise was just fine.
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Mmmmmm lobster, cheese and tortilla chips = pretty delish!
Thanks for catching up.

BTW: I need to really pay attention to what day correlates to your PTR plans since I need to fit in a drink with you in Dec. I know you'll be at US before Disney.
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Old 10-24-2013, 11:52 PM   #715
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We've had a crazy week, so I'm just now getting to comment on your latest updates! But, glad to be caught up again!!

First of all, oh my goodness, Tusker House breakfast looks wonderful! We ate there for the first time last month and LOVED it! We had lunch instead of breakfast and it was amazing! It's definitely worth a return, but now, I'm not sure if it should be for lunch or breakfast!! Hmmm

And what a fantastic Dismeet with Kathy and Mark! It's great you all were able to get that picture with Donald together!

Glad you enjoyed your breakfast!!

Another fun Disneyland Dismeet as well! It looks like everyone had a great day!
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We've had a crazy week, so I'm just now getting to comment on your latest updates! But, glad to be caught up again!!

First of all, oh my goodness, Tusker House breakfast looks wonderful! We ate there for the first time last month and LOVED it! We had lunch instead of breakfast and it was amazing! It's definitely worth a return, but now, I'm not sure if it should be for lunch or breakfast!! Hmmm

And what a fantastic Dismeet with Kathy and Mark! It's great you all were able to get that picture with Donald together!

Glad you enjoyed your breakfast!!

Another fun Disneyland Dismeet as well! It looks like everyone had a great day!
Hey there TM! Glad you are caught up but in a minute you will have some more reading to do!

I can imagine that lunch would just as huge a selection of food at TH. You'll never leave hungry, that's for sure!

Meeting Kathy was pretty wonderful and I'm glad we have several photos to document it!

DL with Dispals is always a good thing!

Thanks for getting caught up! I must do the same.
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Monday August 19, 2013: Day 4, Part 2


Following our Tusker House breakfast we wanted to catch a show – we weren’t picky; however, I did prefer to see FotLK. Monkey men in tights somehow gets my attention. We grabbed a times guide and saw that Finding Nemo the Musical was starting shortly. The added bonus of seeing Finding Nemo was A/C!!!! While the waffles and krispy kreme donuts triggered a massive load of insulin in my pancreas I could sink into a post breakfast daze while being entertained by singing puppeteers.

While heading that direction we ran into Mr. Devine. Not sure of his name but he had a cool palm frond mask. What happens if he has to sneeze or hiccup? I’m sure there’s a plan if he needs to go potty. I can’t be the only one that has ever thought of that.








We took the time to pose for the photopass photographer on the back side of the tree of life. I honestly don’t remember ever going through that area on the other side of the ToL. Seriously, I need to explore this park more.


When we finally arrived at Finding Nemo, the couple that were seated next to us at breakfast sat next to us right before the show started. We were being followed!!



And here’s my collection of no-flash photos of the show.











And what other show in all of WDW ends with BUBBLES??

I may prefer FotLK because who can resist acrobatic monkey men in tights; however, the Nemo show is so well done.

We hadn’t done any character meet and greets yet but by “we” I meant “I”. Em wasn’t interested in meeting Pooh and friends at the Character Spot. No problem, I went solo. Although there was practically no line there were practically no characters – it was only Pooh and Tigger. Where’s Eeyore? Pooh was huggable but he almost knocked me over when we went in for the twosome pose.




And then…. My FAVORITE character… T-I-double gh - urr! Tigger!! Sorry Mickey, you are classy and all but Tigger is the bounciest bundle of fun! He tangoed with me! How cool is that? Do you get twirled in a Tango? Perhaps we just free styled and made it up but whatever it was, it was playful and fun! Em completely missed out on the fun.





Grab your partner


And a twirl



Leaving the character spot and walking back up the incline I noticed a lady in a scooter that was not moving. She grabbed the rope that separated the coming and going guests and started to try and pull herself up to the top. Apparently her scooter had run out of power going back up the hill. I offered to give her a push, which she had no choice but to accept since she wasn’t going to be able to pull herself all the way up. It was a long walk but good deed done I didn’t want to just leave her sitting there stranded. I stayed with her while she looked for her phone. She was able to get in touch with someone to come help her. I felt bad leaving her there but she said help was on the way.

Em was waiting for me nearby and we decided that we would leave the park before the next thunderstorm rolled through. But first, a quick stop in the gift shop. Em bought an adorable Minnie tee and a scarf. While the cashier was helping us he was talking to Em. He said that she was polite and quiet. She is rather soft spoke and she is polite so I guess he got that right but we were amused with his observation nonetheless!

This shirt makes an appearance a time or two:


And one more photopass photo before exiting.


We’ve done that pose before but let’s reprise it here:

When we reaching the shelter of the bus stop it started to rain. Aha!! This time we made it out ahead of the rain. See? No surveys so we stayed dry. There must be a connection.


Back at the resort we stopped by the lounge for a snack. For photos of the CL offering, here’s the link to my dining review. While we were up there I conferred with the CL Cast Member about availability for re-booking the Illuminations cruise for any of our 10 remaining nights. The last night we were to be at WDW they had a boat available. It would mean that we would have to give up our ‘Ohana dinner. Darn! I’ll give up the ukulele gal and the skewers of meat this time. We were booked with a only a credit card hold and a promise that I would cancel at least 24 hrs in advance or I would find a charge on my cc statement for the full cruise amount. And for those interested to know there are DVC and AP discounts available. (I believe it was a 20% discount.)

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Hi Brenda!

I love the pictures of you dancing with Tigger, you look like you're having such a great time!

I'm glad you were able to rebook the fireworks cruise although it meant that you had to miss 'Ohana and the Ukelele Gal lol
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Fun pics with tigger! The character landing area is one of my favorite things at AK. I only wish they would take turns with eeyore and piglet.

I have to admit if given the choice between the memo show or fotlk I would choose fotlk every time! I just adore that show. It may even be my favorite stage show at WDW.

Glad you managed to make it to the bus before it rained that time. Did you just run right by the survey people?

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Old 10-25-2013, 06:50 AM   #720
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What a great update!

I have yet to see the Nemo show - it is on our must do list for the next trip - I promise. Like you - I am drawn to FOLK - and we usually have to choose one or the other.

Loved your meet n' greet with Tigger - how fun!

Awesome - no surveys means no rain for you! And I am super happy you were able to rebook your fireworks cruise - that's awesome!

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