2 Kids,2 Dogs,1200 Miles: 2 More Weeks in FL 2 - Finished with a Blast! P40

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  1. FreezinRafiki

    FreezinRafiki Cold enough for ya?

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    Goodness, no. I just stood back, tried to stay out of her way, and took as many pictures as possible!

    That's deep, man. Deeper than Greek Philosopher deep. Deeper than Mid-evil Renaissance Man deep. That's like fortune cookie deep! :thumbsup2

    Hey, I have two bald spots, thank you very much. And it covers both of them.

    :thumbsup2

    Now you're enticing me to come to Delaware!

    You can sprint through all those gas fumes and exhaust? You're a better athlete that I thought.

    Don't worry, intergalactic space has guard rails down the middle.

    Thanks for the bump. I'm not sure I was even that high.

    Eh. You win some, you lose some.
     
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  3. FreezinRafiki

    FreezinRafiki Cold enough for ya?

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    When you save the Universe from an evil as powerful as Emperor Zurg, your life changes. We walked out of the Buzz Lightyear attraction to swarms of adoring fans and thousands of people that no longer have to live in fear of alien overlords invading their quiet, peaceful lives. But with this new fame comes a dark side. Namely, the paparazzi. People were everywhere trying to take our pictures! (Ok, we actually had to get in line for this one, but it's kind of like the same thing, right?)

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    We assumed the huge crowd of people in the background was a "welcome back" party thrown in our honor. Turns out it another showing of the Dream Along with Mickey show. So we walked on over and watched.

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    For those of you that haven't seen this show in a while, the characters have received a few upgrades. Their mouths (or beaks or bill or what have you) move when they talk and their eyes blink. In a way, it's really cool because it adds a lot of life-like features. However, you end up with a dozen pictures like this:

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    We watched as that mean ole' Maleficent tried to take over the Magic Kingdom. (As Madison so eloquently put it a few years ago "Oh Boy, She's Evil!") SPOILER WARNING! Don't read the next sentence if you don't want to know what happens.

    We used the powers of our dreams to defeat her!

    Well then, now that everyone has rejoined the TR and the show was over and Maleficent either was defeated or is now ruling all of the Magic Kingdom, it was time for us to head out to dinner. Hey Walt, which way do we go to get out of here?

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    Down that way? Thanks, buddy! I knew I could count on you. :thumbsup2

    When planning this trip, we wanted to add some new things that we've never done before, including some new restaurants. One of those was going to be the Trails End Buffet at the Fort Wilderness Campgrounds. We picked that as a Magic Kingdom day so we could take a nice relaxing boat ride to the campground and be basically dropped out right outside the restaurant. We made our way down Main Street, USA and out to the boat docks. Madison started her relaxing ride a little early.

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    (Here's a little math tip for you folks out there traveling to WDW during the hot months. $3 for a cute pink mister fan at your local Walgreens is cheaper than the $10 or so they charge for them at Disney.)

    After a bit of a wait, our boat arrived and we set sail across the Seven Seas Lagoon to Bay Lake. Along the way, we had to go over a bridge. On a boat. Only at Disney!
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    If you were wondering, that's just south of the Contemporary. If you've ever taken a bus to the MK, you pass on that roadway that goes under the water.


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    (Here's a little fashion tip for you. Those cute little green $3 mister fans that you can get at your local Walgreens do not do a very good job cutting hair.)

    After a stop at the Wilderness Lodge, we arrived at Fort Wilderness and started walking up the short path to the buffet. Campers at Fort Wilderness have the option to rent golf carts during their stay to make getting around the 700 acre complex a little easier. You also have the option of bringing your own. And some people go all out with their carts!

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    I am Soooo pimping out the van with some of those decals!

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    Whoa, must be Burt Reynolds or somethin'.

    Dinner was really, really good. Down home cooking - Fried Chicken, ribs, mashed potatoes, etc. Also looks like some salmon, roasted veggies, pasta and corn bread. They also have some typical child-friendly fare: pizza, chicken nuggets, mac & cheese, etc.

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    Oh, and an all you can eat dessert buffet and ice cream sundae station.

    Fully satisfied, we made our way back to the dock to catch the boat back to the Magic Kingdom.

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    Unfortunately, it was getting late and we had a big day ahead of us tomorrow, so we didn't go back into the Magic Kingdom. We just switched boats (or maybe took the monorail, I don't remember) and got back to the Ticket & Transportation Center.

    Back in October of 2005, we came to WDW when Madison turned 3 and Evan turned 1.
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    In June of 2011, Madison is 6 and Evan is 4. Times sure are a changin'

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    Now, to complete that trip down Memory Lane....
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    (Don't worry, the kids were fine. Madison fell off a cliff, remember? She can handle an 18" bench)

    I'd like to say we then went home, but we didn't. As we were loading up to do that, we realized we had left some Mickey Mouse water bottle holders back at Trails End. We sent the kids back in Grandma & Grandpa's car, and we drove over to the Fort to retrieve them. Yes, they were only like $5 each, but the kids had grown quite attached to them. If it was 10:30 at night we would have left them, but it was only around 8 so we decided to go on the search and rescue mission.

    We took the intra-resort bus back to the Outpost at the far end of the 700 acre campground and easily retrieved the bottles (yes, I realize this was the second time I've mentioned that the resort is 700 acres [3rd time], but it's kind of important to the rest of the story). As we walked back to the bus stop, Bambi nudged me and said "keep walking". Confused, I did exactly as I was told and kept walking past the bus stop. After clearing it by 20 or so feet, I asked what was up. Eagle Eyed Bambi told me that she had noticed two people in ECVs waiting at the bus stop. Not only would we have to sit and wait for the bus, but then wait some more while they got loaded.

    Now, before anyone starts to judge me or this TR, let me say this: I don't care what your reason is for using an ECV. That's none of my business. If you need to use it, use it. But we've been stuck at bus stops enough while they were loaded to know that if we had the option of walking instead of waiting, we'd take it.

    Since it was a beautiful night out, we started the hike back to the front of the resort. We came to a fork in the road, and following Yogi Berra's advice, we took it. We kept walking, enjoying the peaceful evening when we came to a bus stop. We checked the map, realized we took the long route around the campground, but decided to keep going anyway instead of backtracking. After about another 15 or 20 minutes strolling along the road, we were passed by a bus, that stopped at a bus stop a few hundred feet up the path. As much as we were enjoying the stroll, we also enjoyed sprinting up to the bus and riding the rest of the way in air conditioned comfort.

    The rest of the evening was uneventful: drive home, get stuff packed up for the next day, and hit the sack.

    Up Next: SeaWorld! And Waffle House!
     
  4. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

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    What a pain! You can't get rid of them, and they always seem to get you at your worst. I remember Evan flipping off one of them in the last report. :rotfl2:

    Nice picture! :thumbsup2

    You know, I wasn't going to read it. And then I peeked. Now I've ruined the show for myself. I guess I'll have to skip it and go on more rides now.

    :lmao::rotfl2::rotfl: Nice picture, too.

    I remember my dad pointing that bridge out to me on our trips there when I was a kid. He loved to geek out about that one.

    If you were wondering, that's just south of the Contemporary. If you've ever taken a bus to the MK, you pass on that roadway that goes under the water.

    Better try a weed-whacker next time.

    ::yes:: Those are awesome! :thumbsup2

    Looks like my kinda meal. I remember their breakfast buffet being pretty good, too.

    They're still cute, just bigger.

    Agreed.

    Meh.

    :woohoo::cool1::banana:
     
  5. mom3sonstt

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    Eh, Derek is ok....but I love Dr. Spencer Reid! Danny still misses Gideon, but we watch regularly. Tried watching last years spin off, but never really got into it as much.
     
  6. GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes

    GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes Dis Dad #469 . . . . "Nation Ford", SC

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    What was that! A camera flash! Oh, I'm a sham!
    One minute you're defending the whole galaxy, and, suddenly,
    you find yourself being used as a photo-op.


    Years of Academy training wasted!!!!
     
  7. KatMark

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    I like Spencer too, but he's not hot like Derek. And I was never a Gideon fan. I didn't like the spin-off either (but I do like the NCIS spin-off).
     
  8. GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes

    GoofyIsAsGoofyDoes Dis Dad #469 . . . . "Nation Ford", SC

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    Ummmmm… no. But…

    …that is one very fine picture.

    Mickey: Can I open my eyes yet?
    Minnie: Not yet, just keep walking this way, I’ve got a big surprise for you…
    by the way, you insurance is all paid up right?


    Priceless.

    An yet she tries it again every few hours. She is evil!

    This should be the picture in the dictionary for the word: “tuckered”


    Einstein’s forty-seventh law of relativity


    We stopped by here this past trip as well.
    It was pretty good and most certainly filling.


    Assuming you didn’t eat so much of the chicken and ribs
    that you actually had room left for desert.

    Great shot.

    Mickey pushed us!

    ‘cause y’all suffer form good parent disease

    I ain’t gonn’a be judging.
    I’d have kept walking too if I wasn’t in a hurry.
     
  9. KatMark

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    WAFFLE HOUSE! I love Waffle House and will be eating there one week from today. :woohoo::woohoo::woohoo:
     
  10. IheartDDuck

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    What is that smell?!
     
  11. E3yore

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    When was your son born?:confused3
     
  12. Poolrat

    Poolrat I am alive, sometimes I wonder too.

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    Ummm is it late and I am math challenged???? Do you mean Oct 2008??? :teacher: Such cuties!

    Trails End good? I hear it is, so once again it has put on the list. :thumbsup2

    You did good conquering MK - Can't wait to see how Sea World goes.
     
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    Stand aside Space Cadet! That flashy eyed cyclops will steal your soul! Believe me, I know. I am only the ghost of myself.
     
  14. E3yore

    E3yore Mouseketeer

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    It was October 2007.
     
  15. Poolrat

    Poolrat I am alive, sometimes I wonder too.

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    Leave it to Bambi to do the math right. :laughing::teacher:
     
  16. kate_wdw

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    I’m using this glorious Saturday morning to catch up on your TR.

    I looooove this shirt.

    It looks like Evan is quite a fan of Jasmine’s, um, necklace.
    The pictures of Madison wearing your hat are so adorable. I’m a sucker for kids in oversized hats.

    I dig the new facial expressions on the show characters! It’s a nice update.

    I don’t think that I’ve seen a review of the Trails End buffet before. I’ve been curious about it, and I’m glad to hear that you liked it.

    And how cute is that picture of Evan & Madison when they were teeny?!?

     
  17. KatMark

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    b u s t e d
     
  18. Poolrat

    Poolrat I am alive, sometimes I wonder too.

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    :rotfl2::rotfl2:
     
  19. afwdwfan

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    Yeah... kind of.:rolleyes1

    ::yes::

    Hmmm... sounds amazingly close to the plot of a Kingdom Keepers book.:lmao:

    It is never too early to relax.:thumbsup2

    Thankfully!

    I saw one at a NASCAR race this summer that probably had a stereo system on it worth more than my truck.:scared1:

    Great pictures! :thumbsup2

    You know we've been judging you all along anyway.:lmao::rotfl2:

    Oh, that's what you meant... yeah, I agree.:thumbsup2
     
  20. FreezinRafiki

    FreezinRafiki Cold enough for ya?

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    I like his technique. I may have to adopt that one..

    :thanks:

    Kind of like eating a big bowl of ice cream right before dinner. On one hand, you've spoiled your dinner. On the other hand, you just had a big bowl of ice cream!

    Thanks. :thumbsup2

    How cute! Your love for transportation engineering was instilled in you as a youngster.
    Little Mark: "Daddy, when I grow up, I want to design roads!"
    Mark's Dad: "Set your goals high, son. But if those fail, then yes, you can design roads for a living."

    Or a blow torch.


    Yup. But do you think, they'll stand up the intense heat of the jet engine exhaust? :confused3

    All breakfast buffets are good if they include unlimited bacon.


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    There was a spin off? I had to ask Bambi about it, she remembers it lasting maybe two episodes. :sad2:

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  21. FreezinRafiki

    FreezinRafiki Cold enough for ya?

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    Eh. To-MAY-to, To-MAH-to.:confused3

    Minnie would never whack Mickey. She knows Disney would fold without him.
    Unless she caught him sending dirty pictures of himself to Cinderella. Then all bets are off.


    The best part was the inflection in her voice when she said it. There's no way I can mimic that in text, so I won't even try.

    You know how Einstein defined insanity...
    Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results

    See also: pooped. wiped out. snoozeville.


    The price on an object at Disney world has a direct relationship with how bad you need it.

    I would suspect after unlimited food on the ship, you would feel right at home with a buffet. :thumbsup2

    Bill Cosby was wrong. There's always room for cookies, brownies, ice cream and hot fudge.

    Thanks!

    Now that you mention it, that topiary was rotating in that direction. :confused3

    Yeah, we're awesome like that. :thumbsup2


    Family pictures are easy. I just have to stand there and try not to look too goofy. Then I sort of ride Bambi and the kid's coat tails!

    We have the sound track on CD and Madison used to listen to it constantly. I had it memorized before I even saw the show.


    Uh huh. :faint:

    We have a nice collection of souvenir cups, buckets, plates, etc. And by "collection" I mean we have a cabinet overflowing with them.

    I just hope he uses his powers for good instead of evil.

    I've heard you're not a fan of that place. I've never had a bad meal there. :confused3

    Thanks!

    Mostly, yes.
    Have a great meal! (That kind of goes without saying, though doesn't it. You're at Waffle House. Of course you're going to have a great meal!)


    That is the smell of excellence.:thumbsup2

    We have a saying over on the Dis Dad's Club.
    What's that smell?
    That's the smell of excellence.
    Open a window.
     

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