AKV CL PTR/TR - taking practically first timers -TR starts on P. 17 (completed)

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  1. dolphingirl47

    dolphingirl47 In Search of the Tag Fairy

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    I can't believe that this has go so close.

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  3. Leshaface

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    Ugh i'm so late. I'm not even fashionably late, just embarrassingly late :blush:

    Wow I had no idea that AKV only had 5 CL studios. And you got two of them for your dates which is fantastic!

    Honestly, your plans looks so laid back and relaxed, something i'm not used to! But i'm sure your DB and SIL will appreciate it.

    Will you be taking pictures/doing reviews of some of the CS restaurants you'll be eating at? The last time i've been to a CS restaurant was in 2008 and we'll be partaking for at least 3 or 4 days of CS on this next trip, so need to start keeping an eye out for good places to eat. So far Earl of Sandwich and/or Wolfgang Puck Express are on the list. But need park CS restaurants recommendations.
     
  4. Pinkocto

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    Welcome! Glad you came over :) of course you're not late, I still need to talk about Epcot and MK plans, and food plans of course!

    Absolutely, pictures of everything. I was so upset at myself for missing a few meals on the last trip. We'll see how crazy R & M think I am when I take pictures of their food :laughing: my dad and stepmom thought it was just bizarre. Both those places are on the list, I've heard great things about them.

    I was so happy about getting both rooms. I learned how many there were when I was booking for the three nights after the cruise since I wanted CL for that trip as well, and the CM told me how few there are. I called at 11 months but in the afternoon and they were gone. I had it waitlisted as long as I could but it never came through.
     
  5. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    I really want to try the Yorkshire County Fish Shop in Britain. I don't know how many trips it's been that we've been trying to go there, but the Fish & chips look really good.

    Also we like Columbia Harbor House in MK, they also have Fish & chips and a pretty good clam chowder. The place in Tomorrowland where Sunny Eclipse plays has good burgers and a nice toppings bar.

    Flame Tree BBQ in AK is a great CS, and though it's not our fave, we usually end up eat at the Backlot Express in DHS.

    :scratchin I should have put all that on your PTR! :rotfl:
     
  6. Leshaface

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    I've tried the fish and chips as a snack :-)blush::rotfl:) and it's excellent! I've also been to Flame Tree and got their Pulled Pork sandwich which was great too! I've had nothing at MK, but have heard Pecos Bill, CHH, and Cosmic Ray's is good. We've tried ABC Commis. at DHS and were not impressed. In fact, I don't think i've heard of any recommendations for CS at DHS :confused3

    :rotfl2: Now i'm going to be asking this question on my TR! Sorry for the slight detour Pam.
     
  7. Angel16

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    Pam 25 days to go! Are you getting excited, getting your things together, packing organized? :laughing:

    We have 45 days until we check in at Beach Club. So this weekend I am going through clothes and seeing what all I/we need.

    I am really enjoying your pre trip report.

    Ann
     
  8. Pinkocto

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    44 more days now :dance3::dance3::dance3:

    I'm really getting excited! Six months inbetween breaks is just too much. :rotfl: I have decided I need at least a five day break every three months to stay sane.

    I don't ever pack until the night before, it really bothers Conner to see the suitcase and I'm a terrible procrastinator so it works out.

    Thank you :) there will definitely be an update this weekend.
     
  9. Pinkocto

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    Hi everybody :) I hope you all have been having a great week. Sorry it's been a while between updates, work has continued to be crazy. Which has me looking forward to this vacation even more.

    Onward with the Epcot plans. This is the one park I'm unsure how much they'll enjoy. There is a lot of walking and not much shelter from the heat at times. I'm going to have to be careful not to double back to minimize the walking. Most of the rides will be brand new for R & M. I'd appreciate any thoughts you guys have.

    Must do's at Epcot:

    Soarin' - Mom's favorite ride, so a definite must. I enjoy it but it's not one of my favorites. (new for R & M)

    Living with the Land - I absolutely love seeing all the plants and have probably gone on this one every single trip I've been to Disney. It doesn't hurt that it's almost always a walk-on. R has good memories of this, and it will be nice to sit for a little while.

    The Seas with Nemo & Friends - Another one mainly for me, I really love the queue. The ride is cute, but I really like the queue. We'll explore the pavilion afterwards and enjoy all the animals. (new for R & M)

    Journey into Imagination with Figment - another one for me, I love Figment :) This has changed since R last went on it, but hopefully he'll still like it.

    Captain EO - I know this doesn't get the best praises, but I am a huge Michael Jackson fan and end up with tears every time. I know everyone will enjoy it as well.

    Sum of All Thrills - This will be a first for everybody, but I've heard great things and think we'll all enjoy it.

    Maelstrom - R has specifically asked if we're going on the 'troll' ride, so an absolute must. I like it as well, but usually skip it since the wait is always so long.

    Mission Space - R & M can do this on their own if they want, mom and I do not ever need to do this again.

    Ellen's Energy Adventure - This takes up so much time we'll probably leave it to last if we see everything else we want to. I do enjoy it, and is a nice break from the heat but we'll have to see if we have time for it.

    Spaceship Earth - will also wait for this if we have time. I like the updates, but this has never been a favorite of mine. Might have to do it simply because R & M need to experience it.

    We will of course do the World Showcase tour, and I'm thinking we might do that first and then take a break. It will take at least 3-4 hours with a lot of walking and they might be ready to sit by the pool for a little bit before tackling Future World. We will have the EMHs so can come back quite late.

    Test Track will unfortunately be closed while we're there so that's off the list.

    What do you think, is this too much for one day? and am I missing anything?
     
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    That is a lot to do in one day, with walking around the world showcase (WS), David and I spend two days walking the WS. We do half on each day, but we are stopping and looking and enjoying each country, plus we usually grab a drink or snack at each place.

    With all the musicians (Canada and Great Britain), and fife and drum, acrobats (China) , drummers (Japan), Movies (several), American pavilion has a capella singers and the American Adventure, and I know I am missing a lot of things....
     
  11. dolphingirl47

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    I was just about to comment that this is an ambitious itinerary for the day and then I noticed that the World Showcase is coming on top of this. I think you will struggle with this. Some of them are quite long and others pull serious crowds. I would either leave out Ellen's Energy Adventure, Sum of All Thrills and Captain EO or give up on the idea to visit the World Show Case. I am with Brandi here. I normally need two days just for the World Showcase alone.

    As to Captain EO, I finally got to see this at Disneyland in May and loved it. I am also a huge Michael Jackson fan. I hate almost all 3D shows, but Captain EO has joined Mickey's PhilharMagic in those that I actually enjoy. I am looking forward to seeing this again in November if it is still being shown.

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  12. Pinkocto

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    Thanks for the input :) I'm going to take Ellen and Spaceship Earth off the list. Im really hoping there are low crowds like its supposed to be which will help with the lines considerably. I know we won't have time for an indepth tour of the WS, but I do know they'll enjoy seeing the koi pond in Japan, the Emperors tomb in China and a few others. We won't be giving it the time it deserves, but I don't want to miss it completely.
     
  13. dolphingirl47

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    That sounds a lot better. You never know, you may still catch Spaceship Earth on the way out as it tends to be a walk on then. The reason why I said take out The Sum of All Thrills is that I have been twice where pretty much everything apart from Soaring, Peter Pan and Toy Story Mania was a walk on, but the line for The Sum of All Thrills was 45 minutes and actually longer than the one for Soarin.

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  14. Leshaface

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    I can't remember without going back, but do you only have one day for Epcot? Can you try and do all rides one day, then go back and tour WS another day?

    I think you'd be able to do all the rides (don't think crowds would be too bad and you'd be able to get on all of them). Especially if there is low crowds with minimal wait times, I think you'd be able to do all the rides on your list without having to take any off!
     
  15. Leshaface

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    Pam, how long does it take to get from AKV to DTD? It was showing in the Unofficial Guide book that it takes 42 minutes on Disney Transportation?! Does that sound right?
     
  16. Pinkocto

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    Oh my, I had no idea Sum of All Thrills was that popular. If it's a long wait we probably won't stay for it. As of now that's the only thing on the list that's on the East side of Future World.

    I can't take Captain EO off the list, since I don't know how long they're going to keep it around I would hate for them to miss it.

    That's true about Spaceship Earth. If it's a walk on, no reason to skip it.
     
  17. Pinkocto

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    As of now Epcot is only being given one day. I'm going to let them decide though. R has decided we'll do AK on the second day. So if they feel like they've seen everything they want to, we don't have to go back and there will be a free day where they can pick which park they'd like to do again. I'm really playing this all by ear, all plans are tentative.

    Oh no, 25 minutes max. Epcot is about 18 minutes away, that's a little north of DTD. Of course that doesn't count any time you have to wait for the bus.
     
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    I have never been on Sum of All Thrills so I will have to do this next time I am there...
     
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    It sounds really neat. I love coasters, so to be able to make my own would be so fun!
     
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    So I read the official description...
    "Guests design a thrill ride using an interactive touch screen that lets them determine height and speed while adding features such as dips and corkscrew turns. Once "built", guests climb aboard their customized design in the 4-D robotic simulator that uses sight, sound and movement to give them a realistic experience.

    Walt Disney Imagineering worked with Raytheon to create and design The Sum of all Thrills. ItÂ’s really about math and science presented in a way that can inspire a new generation of mathematicians, scientists and engineers."​


    So I am a Mathematician, Computer Scientist, and I am a Modeling and Simulation Subject Matter Expert.... I think this ride was made for me.
     
  21. Leshaface

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    Oh good thank you! DH and I were looking at the transportation times from resorts to parks and couldn't believe how long it took to get places from AKV! I understand MK being far away, but AK, DHS, Epcot, and DTD were really far away. I was surprised to see that AK was even 20 minutes away according to the book...that just can't be right...
     

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