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Old 10-09-2013, 09:25 AM   #211
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I've been reading along on my phone but haven't had time to post!

Your dinner at BOG looked like a ton of fun and what a special cruise. I would like to do the Wishes one someday, I absolutely adored the Illuminations version. Very busy start to your trip though, I would think all that right away and the time change would catch up.

Can't think of a better fix than a caramel donut and sleep
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Old 10-11-2013, 03:05 PM   #212
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I think you're totally right! And it would be a great solution to our constant and horrible inability to manage to see fireworks.
Go for it! I am sure you'll love it.

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Just checking in !!Can't believe I will be in Disney in 8 days !!!!
for being at Disney in just a few days! You are one lucky lady getting to go there so often!

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I've been reading along on my phone but haven't had time to post!

Your dinner at BOG looked like a ton of fun and what a special cruise. I would like to do the Wishes one someday, I absolutely adored the Illuminations version. Very busy start to your trip though, I would think all that right away and the time change would catch up.

Can't think of a better fix than a caramel donut and sleep
No problem, Cynthia! You have been so busy all the time - I admire you to find the time to follow along in the first place.

Dinner at BoG was really nice and the fireworks cruise was just wonderful. We have done Wishes twice now and it was out of this world both times. Now to fit in an Illuminations one. Especially since you are recommending it.

Time change DID catch up with us, but funnily enough I felt it the most the first few days on the ship. Guess it had to do with the fact that we had time to relax there.
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Day 3, August 9

More firsts ………. - Part 1

We slept in a little and finally got ready to head out for breakfast.
Jeff and his family had asked us to join them for breakfast at the Waffle House. We arrived there, signed in and were told to wait outside, which we did.
It was fun hearing how they all had enjoyed the day before and so had we. A little later we were taken to our table. We all had to squeeze in tight. There were four adults and two kids in a four top booth. As he had done the day before, Jeff, who was sitting at the head of the table attracted a lot of attention with his haircut.
We then ordered our drinks and breakfast and soon after the first items were served. Tom and I both had chosen a waffle, I think Tom’s was plain and mine came with strawberries. The server had to run back a few times as he kept forgetting to bring out stuff, but there was nothing that would dampen our spirits, we were having so much fun together.
Once breakfast was consumed and the bill was paid we all drove over to Downtown Disney to do a little window shopping. First we headed to the Once Upon a Toy store.



The kids got really excited as there were so many fun things to shop for.
This is when we learned that Jeff and his family were only doing some window shopping as they had a Cast Member friend, who they would meet lateron in their trip and she would help with a nice discount. But that didn’t stop us from heading over to the Pin store, where we spent quite a bit of time. We all had fun looking at the pins and having the kids pose with the Disney statues up front.







Then we made our way over to the World of Disney, where at least Tom and I picked up a few souvenirs.











Again, we spent quite some time inside the shop and once we got outside it was time to hand Molly and Philip their new ears.
They had been wanting some, but were determined to wait to look at the ones in the Magic Kingdom, but Tom and I could not wait that long, so we got them some. They proudly sported their new ears when we walked back over to the cars to drive to the other side of the parking lot.
And with all the construction going on, Tom and I got kind of stuck and were lucky to have Jeff take the lead. We followed him over to the Movie Theatre, took a bit of a stroll and then we did something we had not done in the US before and I had not done in a long time here either.
We went to the movies. Jeff invited us all to see Monsters University. Since we were a little late after taking bathroom breaks, the cinema was already pitch black when we entered, but we were able to find nice seats towards the front of the cinema. Jeff had stayed behind to pick up some drinks and popcorn and returned with the largest bucket of popcorn I have ever seen and a HUGE container of Coke for Tom and I to share.
It was fun watching a movie and sitting there sipping Coke. But all too soon the movie was over and it was time for us to leave the cinema. When we got to the parking lot the grey clouds had started to roll in again and we all decided to take a break and head back to our resorts. And I promised to try and change our dinner ADR for two at the Wave to an ADR for six.
We got back to Old Key West just in time for the rain to start. Once upstairs we made ourselves comfortable, had some salad out of the fridge and some tortilla chips while I tried to change our reservation. It took me several tries, but in the end I was able to change it. But it was a much later time, so I gave Jeff a message that we would meet later and he did not mind. I started packing again, as we were leaving for our cruises the next day and there was the chore to put everything we would not need on the cruise to be put into our Owner’s Locker and things from our purple box went into our suitcases. We also “unpuzzled” our suitcases, as we had travelled with a carryon inside a large Samsonite bag and that was then inside an even larger Samsonite bag. Now we had 4 pieces of luggage and two carryons. Carryons were full of drinks, and the rest was filled with the rest of our stuff.
About an hour before we were to head out again the rain had stopped and we got ready to go out for dinner again. And half an hour before our ADR we got into our car and went over to the Contemporary. Once we had parked our car we headed to the lobby and found Jeff, Lily and the kids already waiting for us. We headed over to The Wave, signed in and were told that we were in for a short wait and would we please take a seat in the lounge.

To be continued ............
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Old 10-12-2013, 05:00 PM   #214
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Fun update, Karin. Nothing better than going to DTD and window shopping or doing real shopping. How sweet of you to buy the kids some "ears."

I can't believe you've never seen a movie on all of your visits to the US. One of these days Mark and I want to try the theater at DTD.
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Loved all the Hat pix Karin !!! Sounds like a fun last day before the cruise !!!
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Fun update, Karin. Nothing better than going to DTD and window shopping or doing real shopping. How sweet of you to buy the kids some "ears."

I can't believe you've never seen a movie on all of your visits to the US. One of these days Mark and I want to try the theater at DTD.
We actually didn't "do" much that day, but it was so much fun anyway to spend time with our friends. And we just couldn't leave without buying something for the kids. They were so excited about the ears, we had to get them some.

We so often thought about watching a movie while in the US, but we never got around to really going through with it. So, this was a nice treat.


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It was such a fun day, Rosie. And even though we didn't make it to a park we were busy all day.
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Hi Karin! I'm finally caught up. You had so much DISmeet time with Jeff and fam and with Michelle and fam too! How nice to see you having so much fun with your "imaginary" friends. The mini golf looks like it was a hit with everyone. Looks like a great way to catch up while you do something fun together.

Looks like a really nice dinner at BOG I'm glad you all enjoyed it. And also the for your VIP FP is awesome!

Lily, thanks for sharing your pics! It is fun to see Tom and Karin from the "other side of the camera" and the great pics of your kids!

The fireworks cruise was such a great way to spend time with special friends!

Looking forward to your cruise!
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What an awesome, fun day! Love all the hats!

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Hi Karin just keeping up while I have a chance!!!
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Hi Karin! I'm finally caught up. You had so much DISmeet time with Jeff and fam and with Michelle and fam too! How nice to see you having so much fun with your "imaginary" friends. The mini golf looks like it was a hit with everyone. Looks like a great way to catch up while you do something fun together.

Looks like a really nice dinner at BOG I'm glad you all enjoyed it. And also the for your VIP FP is awesome!

Lily, thanks for sharing your pics! It is fun to see Tom and Karin from the "other side of the camera" and the great pics of your kids!

The fireworks cruise was such a great way to spend time with special friends!

Looking forward to your cruise!
It was really nice to spend time with Jeff and his family again. We had been on a 4 night Dream cruise together and were instant friends. It was nice too relive that experience.
Tammie, the next time you vacation at WDW with your family again, you need to do one of these cruises - they are truely magical.


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That sounded like a great day! Dont you find the movies have a little more magic when you see them at Disney...
You are absolutely right - watching a Disney movie while at Disney is A LOT more fun. Especially since you get to experience them in their original language. Here they have always been translated and many of the jokes just don't translate well.
Oh, and YES, we had a great day - and it was not over then, we had a blast in the evening and at night as well.


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Fun fun day!!! I love the kids poses. They really like to ham it up.
It was really nice and we didn't miss the parks one bit. Those kids just LOVE to pose. And they are so cute too!

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It was a really fun day. No parks needed at all. And we had a lovely evening and night as well.
The kids loved to try on the hats and we just had to get them some. They wore them with pride!


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Glad you found the time to come by. Update coming right up!
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Day 3, August 9

More firsts ………. - Part 2

We headed over to The Wave, signed in and were told that we were in for a short wait and would we please take a seat in the lounge.
That’s exactly what we did, we took a seat in the lounge and having a look at the drinks menu. Tom and I didn’t feel like anything, but Jeff found something that tickled his fancy.
But before he was even able to order it, our buzzer went off and we were led inside the restaurant and seated in one of the side booths. We quickly were handed menus and then our server came by to take our drinks orders. We all ordered soft drinks and Jeff finally was able to get his



Godiva Liqueur Flight, three half ounce pours of Godiva Liqueur, Chocolate, White Chocolate and Caramel topped with Godiva infused Strawberries. It was more of a dessert thing, but what the heck, this is Disney and why not have dessert first. The drinks were soon served and it was fun, seeing Jeff trying to “infuse” the strawberries.





No one really cared for starters, and so we all just ordered main courses. Molly who was sitting next to me ordered



some kind of grilled meat, which I think was pork, multigrain rice and green beans. I was impressed with her choice as this is not your regular child’s meal. And she seemed to enjoy it as well. Tom had ordered the



Herb-salt Seasoned Beef Tenderloin with tomato-green bean salad with Cypress Grover Creamery Lamb Chopper Cheese and citrus-herb butter, which he really liked. And my entrée was the



Thompson Farms Pork Tenderloin, soy-pineapple honey marinade, pineapple salsa, boniato and cauliflower mash, which was delicious. And while we had been waiting for our entrees to arrive, Lily had been starting to make glow stick bracelets for her kids to give away. Jeff had fun trying them on as Mickey ears as well.



Once we had finished our main courses and our server came by to pick up the empty plates we ordered some drinks with glow figures for the kids as we had heard them make comments about them. It was fun seeing their faces when they arrived.



And we all had to order dessert as well. Tom was full, but he ordered



an Espresso and while we waited for the rest of our desserts to arrive Molly made Be Our Guest napkin roses out of our napkins.



Very talented little lady. Our desserts arrived shortly after and we all started to dig in after taking photos of them.







My choice had been the



American Flavours,



a Coconut Raspberry bar with roasted pineapples,



Smores with house made Vanilla Bean Marshmallow and a



Key Lime Cube with Citrus Dream. They were all delicious and the perfect ending to our fun meal. Once we had paid our bill we made our way over to Bay Lake Tower.



There was another thing we still wanted to that night. We all wanted to go up to the Top of the World Lounge and watch the fireworks from up there. So once we had made it to the lobby we all presented our DVC cards and Tom and I showed our Keys to the World and were handed a little slip of paper to present at the elevator.
We all were excited to be at Bay Lake Tower, Jeff and his family because they were to stay there towards the end of their trip and Tom and I as we had just stayed there just a few months earlier. We didn’t have to wait long and were invited to enter the elevator and taken up to the deck. We thought about a quick drink in the Lounge, but there was not enough time left until the fireworks, so we stayed outside and saved our spot. It only then occurred to all of us that the wall was too high for little Philip to look over, so Jeff sat down with him on one of the benches, so Philip could stand on it and have a better view of the fireworks. Molly again stayed with us and we made sure NO one stood behind us, so Philip could see well.







Time just flew by and it was soon time for the fireworks to begin. We all loved them, but more than the fireworks we loved to watch the children, as Molly was so so excited and Philip was jumping up and down with excitement. The fireworks just fly by and far too soon the grand finale was on and we were all singing along. Fireworks over, we paid a short visit to the Lounge to have a good look around and then took the elevator back down and headed over to our cars. It was a very sad goodbye as the very next day Tom and I were heading towards Port Canaveral to get on the first of our cruises and Jeff and his family still had a few more days to spend at Disney.
But thankfully we had agreed to meet again the next morning. So after hugging each other we headed our own ways. Once back at OKW we finished packing, had another drink



and then went to bed. There were more adventures ahead the very next day.

To be continued ............
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Molly seems like a charming and talented youg lady!! You and Tom obviusly enjoyed all of thenm's company!!!
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