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  1. jabead

    jabead DIS Veteran

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    Hi Niki! :wave2:

    The Scavenger Hunt game is for the November team of reporters only, but if you are interested then the link is in my signature. I haven't decided yet whether to have any kind of game for the January team or not. If there is though, I will be making an announcement here in late December with all the details. :thumbsup2

    I'm from Lexington, which is about 20 miles north of Bloomington-Normal and right off of both Interstate 55 and Route 66. :)






    Hi Jill! :wave2:

    I'll get the additional information added to your trip info. :thumbsup2 Also, have you decided yet whether you are going to try doing live updates during your trip? I know that with a one year old, it might be difficult but if you would like to give it a shot I would be happy to have you on the team. Maybe you could save up your pics and send them all to me during nap time? ;)
     
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  3. disneychristmasx3

    disneychristmasx3 Mouseketeer

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    We have just one small change. We are now arriving on the 19th. We were trying to stay until the 29th as well but there were no more free dining rooms available for those last 2 days! :(
     
  4. AlohaPolynesian

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    So excited! I leave on Friday and have tweaked my ADR's a bit. This is what we have planned so far:

    Rose & Crown Dinner
    Via Napoli Dinner
    California Grill Dinner
    Kona Cafe Lunch
    LTT Lunch

    I know those are popular restaurants but I am a vegetarian and am going with my mom who is not - so hopefully I can share some photos of a variety of foods for you guys :)
     
  5. jabead

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    We received an update today from sanapp.

    She and her DD were at DHS today and DD had this snack...



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    sanapp said, "DD loves popcorn and the Holiday Mickey bucket is adorable!" :thumbsup2




    Then they had an early dinner at...


    Hollywood Brown Derby




    For her appetizer, sanapp had...



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    Blue Lump Crab Spring Rolls, Snow Crab Claw, and an Asian Slaw with spicy Miso Aïoli


    sanapp said, "The crab spring rolls were good, but a little fishy."





    DD had this for her appetizer...



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    sanapp said, "DD got a bowl of strawberries. This wasn't on the menu, but our waitress Cheryl didn't mind getting them.
    Then DD had french fries and grilled chicken which she enjoyed." (no picture)





    For her entree, sanapp chose...


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    Charred Filet of Beef over a Zellwood Corn and Pancetta Risotto, Arugula Pesto, and Pickled Rainbow Carrots



    sanapp said, "I had the filet which was cooked perfectly."




    Then for dessert, DD had this...

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    Hidden Treasures
    Vanilla Ice Cream, Oreo Cookie Crumbles, Gummy Snakes, and a Toll House Cookie




    sanapp said, "Of course DD had the hidden treasure. She loved eating the worms since her face was painted as Nala.
    I had the chocolate 3 ways which was good, but not great!!!"




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    Chocolate Three Ways—Praline Milk Chocolate Cream, crunchy Ganache, and Orange-Chocolate Mousse
     
  6. Rarity

    Rarity I don't trust wheels.

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    Consider me still a go! :thumbsup2

    WRT additional information on our trip - it'll be my sister and I. We'll be staying at Pop Century and using the DDP. It's been at least 14 years since I last visited WDW, and I honestly don't remember much about it, so I still feel like a total newbie. This is also our first time being in the World during the Christmas season.

    My sister turns 25 December 17th, but we'll still be celebrating her birthday while we're there. Our trip's also a "life is looking up" celebration. We've had a rough couple of years (especially me), but we're doing a lot better emotionally and financially.

    I'm excited to do a bit of live reporting! Can't wait to see what you've come up with for the December team. And thank you for all that you do!
     
  7. jmm476

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    That sounds like a good plan. I have to set aside my commando touring ways to make sure that nap time happens every day for DD and DH. If I have something to work on during nap time, that will help. You can count me in!

    Sent from my iPad using DISBoards
     
  8. DisWishes720

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    Can't wait for this! I will be there with my DH, our DS (18 months) and my parents and brothers are meeting us later in the trip. I can't wait to eat myself silly!
     
  9. soontobewed07

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    So I'm going to take the plunge we will be in Disney 1/16 to 1/23 staying at BWV. I'm hoping with a 6 month old and 5 year old I can get enough pictures there will be 3 adults

    We have booked:
    H&V
    Via Napoli
    Boma
    Crystal palace
    Les chefs (may change)
    La hacienda
    The plaza ( may change)
    Tusker house

    Hoping to try for CS:
    BoG
    Cosmic rays
    Tspp
    Boardwalk bakery
    Wgpe
     
  10. disneydivamama

    disneydivamama Earning My Ears

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    4 more days until we leave! We are so excited!

    On this trip will be me, my DH, and our very excited almost 3 year old ( who looks like she is almost 4!) and yes, we at bringing her birth certificate....because no one in the world believes she is 2.... My DH was diagnosed with celiac disease a year ago, so this will be his first gluten free Disney trip. Thank goodness the world is so awesome with food allergies!

    Our Adr's:

    The Plaza
    Whispering canyon
    50's prime time
    Crystal palace
    La hacienda
    Tusker house
    Le Cellier
    Cinderell's royal table
    Liberty tree tavern
    Ohana
    Akershus
    Tony's
    Chef Mickeys

    Highlights: MVMCP and the Candlelight Processional, FLE!

    Lodging: Wilderness Lodge

    Must do snacks: nutella waffle, dole whip, carrot cake cookie, and any cupcake! (for me and dd). DH: dole whip, Mickey bars, and babycakes!
     
  11. jabead

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    I received a couple of updates last night and a couple more this morning. I was though working on the details of the Holiday Roulette game (which btw is now complete and posted on this page, see my signature for link ;)) so didn't get them posted. I'll post the two short text updates now and then the two longer emailed updates will be posted tonight. Sorry for the delay. :)


    Pam (mousiemom) & family had dinner last night at Magic Kingdom's...


    COSMIC RAY'S


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    1/3 Pound Angus Bacon Burger & French Fries x 2, plus Chocolate Cake for dessert




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    Frozen Lemonade
     
  12. jabead

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    The other text update was received this morning from Jess (ILikeWaffles) and was our First Update of the Day.


    She and Pete are again at Universal today and Jess sent these pics of her breakfast from Islands of Adventure's...



    Moon Bakery



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    Warmed Chocolate Croissant


    Jess said, "I had this at the cashier's recommendation. It was messy, but delicious. I also had a seasonal toasted marshmallow hot chocolate. It had the perfect amount of marshmallow flavor and was a great addition to the croissant." :thumbsup2




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    Toasted Marshmallow Hot Chocolate


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  13. Dalamara

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    SO excited that we will be leaving for WDW in less than 6 days!!! :cool1: I will be attempting to do live reports for the very first time, so I am taking Jabead's idea to post my plans ahead of time. First off, the who's, the why's, the when's, and the where's:

    Who:
    ME! - Dalamara or Becky is fine too. Disney buff since childhood, and rabid Beauty and the Beast fan. :rotfl: I'm serious, call security if the Beast is out during my BOG dinner.
    BFF - Squizz or Liz. Big Peter Pan, and Alice fan, and anything Faeries or Mermaids. Her main goal on this trip is to meet Periwinkle.

    Why:
    This is a BFF trip that is a long time coming. We haven't seen each other in FOREVER, as we've lived many states apart for the last several years. My Mom wanted to go with us, as she's always wanted to go to Disney during the Holidays, but she's just not healthy enough right now unfortunately. However, she insisted that I still go. She was SO happy that I'm getting to see my BFF again after so long, that she scraped all her little Mom pennies together, and is paying for our room for us. She is on a limited income so this was especially generous and awesome. GO MOM!

    When:
    Dec. 3rd - Dec. 14th!

    Where:
    Art of Animation Little Mermaid Room!

    We have several ADRs, but a few unplanned days as well. Plus 2 days of Universal Studios planned. Here's what we have planned for meals so far (that's a lot of uses of the word "plan" lol):

    Dec. 3rd - ARRIVAL DAY!! - Check-in, relax a bit, then off to DTD for dinner at T-Rex
    Dec. 4th - Universal Studios - The Three Broomsticks pixiedust: + park snacks
    Dec. 5th - Epcot Day - Les Chefs de France lunch + snacking around the world
    Dec. 6th - Open Afternoon - MVMCP with dinner at Pecos Bill's (the open afternoon may turn into a mad scramble for the new BatB pins that are being released)
    Dec. 7th - DTD Day - Dinner at Fulton's Crab House (I absolutely despise seafood, but my BFF has wanted to go to Fulton's for years, so being an awesome BFF I said I'd go lol)
    Dec. 8th - Magic Kingdom Day! - DINNER AT BOG!!! :jumping1: + Fireworks Dessert Party (BFF is betting money on me sobbing when I finally meet the Beast after loving him from afar since I was 12) + A Dole Whip is definitely on my radar
    Dec. 9th - Hollywood Studios Day - Lunch at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater + Dinner at 'Ohana
    Dec 10th - Universal Studios Day #2 - No set plans food-wise today
    Dec. 11th - Animal Kingdom/Epcot Split Day - Yak & Yeti Lunch + Biergarten Dinner
    Dec 12th - Free Day - No set plans
    Dec. 13th - Park Day - Not sure which yet
    Dec. 14th - Late Flights Home :sad1: - Possibly DTD for lunch and maybe catch the Hobbit if the theater isn't too crowded

    A lot of these restaurants are firsts for both my BFF and myself, so we're SUPER excited! Pardon the long post, this is my first "trip report" of any kind, and I hope it is OK. I also hope that everyone will enjoy my live updates, as much as I've enjoyed following along with the ones before mine.
     
  14. happy2012

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    Hi Barb! Just wanted to sneak a peak @ this thread today. I just wanted to let you know we ate @ Planet Hollywood for lunch & it was good. The min after we took pics of our meals, the manager walked passed our table 700x & asked us how everything was & even bussed our table!! Either he knows we are dissers of thinks we write in a food mag. We were LOL!!! Just thought I'd share that story here. Now back to being "logged out" HAHAHa!!!
     
  15. debrapagliasotti

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    December roulette sounds fun. We have 27 ADRs x 6 people (2 adults, 2 Disney adults & 2 kids) X 11 days and a whopping 120 snack credits (we are doing DxDP -- all TS) and some CL snacks and while I dont know how well I will do with points, I can promise pictures since I am sending in "live updates".

    I will post our ADRs in the next couple weeks (have to make sure I dont need to change any...again ;)) and will also be doing a DR upon return home.

    Thanks so much Barb for all your work in this wonderful thread! Its honestly the first thread I check on when I come to Dis.
     
  16. Ginamarie

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    Can't wait for the December fun! It looks like there are a lot of great ADRs coming up and some fun new reporters too :)
     
  17. jabead

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    Ok, how about some more updates...let's begin with one sent to us by Gina (Gina99) from her lunch on Sunday at DHS'...


    Mama Melrose





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    Kids' Appetizer - Apple Slices


    Gina said, "We had to cut the peels off." ;)





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    "Mateo shoving the apple into his mouth. He approved of the ones without the peel!" :thumbsup2





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    Crispy Calamari
    topped with Grilled Peppers and Onions and served with Dipping Sauces


    Gina said, "This was Armando's calamari. He said it was great and the citrus dipping sauce was the best!"





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    Fresh Mozzarella and Vine-ripened Tomatoes
    with Marinated Sweet Onions, Balsamic Drizzle, Basil-scented Olive Oil, and
    Sweet Basil Leaves



    Gina said, "We all loved the cheese but the tomato was overwhelming after a bit."





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    "A Bellini cocktail and a beer for poor mom and dad!" :thumbsup2





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    Kids' Mickey Pizza


    Gina said, "This was quickly devoured!" :thumbsup2





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    Piccata di Pesce
    Fresh Fish Sautéed in a White Wine Lemon Butter Sauce with Caperberries,
    Spinach, and Whole Wheat Pasta



    Gina said, "This was Armando's fish meal. He enjoyed it and found it nice and light."





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    Oven-baked Chicken alla Parmigiana
    Breaded Chicken Breast with Marinara Sauce, topped with Melted Mozzarella
    and served over Spaghetti



    Gina said, "The chicken was large but quite salty. I was waiting for them to bring the extra Parmesan cheese for the pasta, but that never happened. I was sad about that. :sad2:






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    Family Dessert Plate (Includes a sample of each of their desserts)
    Seasonal Panna Cotta - No Sugar Added Vanilla Flavored Custard
    with Seasonal Fruit Compote
    Tiramisù Semifreddo - Layers of Mascarpone Cheese, Lady Fingers,
    and Marsala Wine over Coffee Sauce served “Half-frozen”
    Chocolate Cannoli Cake - Chocolate Cake filled with Cannoli Filling topped
    with Nutella Ganache and served with a Chianti Red Wine Sauce
    Chocolate Amarettini Cheesecake - Chocolate-flavored Cheesecake with a Cookie Crust, Almond Cream, and Italian Amarettini Cookies



    Gina said, "My hubs loved the tiramisu. My fave was the almond crusted cheesecake. I had high hopes for the Nutella tart but found the crust way to thick. Neither of us liked the panna cotta. It was like old pudding." :p





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    Kids' Dessert - Spaghetti & Meatball Cupcake


    "Gabe was in awe of the size of this cupcake!!!"





    3 Scavenger Hunt Points Earned for Bellini cocktail, picture of Mateo, and Fish Entree
     
  18. jabead

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    Then Gina sent this update from yesterday.




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    Gina said, "Finally today the kids passed out and I took advantage to walk around new Fantasyland and get some LeFou's brew. It was super sweet and was missing something - like vodka!!!" ;) :rotfl:



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    First Gina trying the LeFou's Brew,




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    And then Armando trying it. :thumbsup2




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  19. jabead

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    Then we received an update this morning from sanapp.


    She and her DD were at Animal Kingdom this morning and had breakfast at...




    Tusker House





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    sanapp said, "DD and I had Tusker for breakfast. Finally a cup of coffee I enjoyed. I Love the juice too.
    OHHH and those Krispy Kreme donuts. We really enjoy Tusker." :thumbsup2
     
  20. ses1230

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    Sounds like fun, I can't wait to get started! 11 days to go! :santa:
     
  21. jabead

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    And then sanapp & her DD had dinner tonight on the Boardwalk at...


    Flying Fish Cafe





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    Blood Orange Margarita
    Patrón Silver Tequila, X-Fusion Mango and Passion Fruit Liqueur, Monin Blood Orange, and Sweet-and-Sour




    sanapp said, "DD and I went to Flying Fish for dinner. I started with the blood orange margarita. This was good."




    "I then had the crab cake which was good, but a tad spicy."



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    Crispy Maine Coast Jonah Crab Cake
    with Savory Vegetable Slaw, Roasted Red Pepper Coulis,and Ancho Chile Rémoulade







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    Surf & Surf
    Note from jabead: Can't find this on any of the online menus.



    sanapp said, "Next I had the surf and surf. I LOVED the cauliflower puree on the bottom!!!!"





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    Seasonal House-made Sorbets
    with Fresh Berries and a crisp Tuile




    sanapp said, "I was quite full, so I chose the sorbet for dessert and the raspberry was my favorite."





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    Kids' Appetizer - Seasonal Fruit Skewers and Honey Yogurt



    sanapp said, "DD had the fruit skewers with only strawberries. Quite a pattern here. DD then a big bowl of plain Mickey Pasta which she enjoyed. (no pic) For dessert she had the white chocolate puzzle and cupcake.
    She enjoyed playing with this, but did not eat it."





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    Mickeys Chocolate Puzzle
    White Chocolate Puzzle, Sugar Paints, and Creamy-topped Chocolate Cupcake



    sanapp said, "We enjoyed Flying Fish!" :thumbsup2





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