Downton Disney: the Disney Snob and the Seven Seas Clubs - the end! 5/30

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  1. Stringbean&Wingnut

    Stringbean&Wingnut DIS Veteran

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    That gelato looks SO good!!! Actually all of the food there does too (but especially the gelato! :thumbsup2)
     
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  3. DisneyGuy758

    DisneyGuy758 Let's go Murphys!

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    Seeing your beautiful pictures of the resort makes me even more excited for our trip in August...though we will be staying in the Cars Suites. DS6 is a big Cars fan...

    I can't wait to go in the Nemo pool, and play on the Nemo playground...I mean...I can't wait for my boys to play on the playground and I sit like a grown adult and watch...dutifully.
     
  4. AGPrincess

    AGPrincess Disney Snob -- Bookish Princess

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    Thanks! They are super fun -- I can't wait to go back and try staying in one of the other sections, I'll be they're amazing too!

    Awww, that's a bummer. I want to try the gelato next time, looked delish. The pesto cheesy bread was super good! It's fairly clear, although you have to be near the speaker to hear it well. Otherwise it sounds kinda soft and muffled!

    Thanks! You'll have to make sure you stop by to stroll around - just the pools and grounds are so packed with details and neat things to notice! :thumbsup2
     
  5. alagen

    alagen Wishing I was at WDW or Paris!

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    Hi Emma! All the food pics look amazing! On your blog you mention that you're traveling to Paris, my favorite city in the world. I'm also visiting Paris at the end of April for a conference (because my paper was accepted!) but I definitely will be finding time to see all my favorite places. I just followed you on twitter so I can live vicariously through you :) One of my favorite museums in Paris is the Musee de l'orangerie, especially if you're a fan of Monet. If you're heading to London too, you should definitely visit Fortnum & Mason for all things fancy and tea-related. My school is about 2 hours from London but sadly, I don't visit there as often as I should. There's no sushi in Canterbury so I should make it a priority to eat some in London! :)
     
  6. RachelNinja

    RachelNinja Sometimes I'd rather live in VMK than in real life

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    I love that there are so many great options at Landscape of Flavors! My DH and I shared the Surf & Surf burger and loved it! If it weren't so cold, I think we would've walked over from Pop more often to get some food.
     
  7. AGPrincess

    AGPrincess Disney Snob -- Bookish Princess

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    I know, next trip I'm defs trying the gelato!

    It was a great food court! Gelato is totally on my to-try list for next time. ;)

    Awww, I'm sure he'll love it! Just walking around the outside area and pool (themed like the cozy cone motel!) of the Cars section was incredible, so I bet the rooms will be too. :).

    Yep! I was in Paris a week or so ago; now I'm traveling in England, and I'll be home mid next week! It's been so incredible; I've been doing vlogs, and I can't wait to share more photos on my blog once I get back...maybe I'll put some up here as well!

    It is a great new food court, and so many different selections - made it hard to choose! I love how close it is to Pop too!
     
  8. AGPrincess

    AGPrincess Disney Snob -- Bookish Princess

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    So I really meant to get another update posted bedsore I left for Paris a few weeks ago...but there always seem to be a million little last minute details when you're about to embark on your travels, and the DIS was just one of those things I could not squeeze in!

    However, I will be home, back in the States, next week - so the updates will recommence soon. Sorry for the delay!

    If you're looking for some reading (or watching!) in the meantime, I've been doing some vlogs on YouTube during my wanderings in France and Engalnd. It's www.youtube.com/bookishprincess - check it out! There are plenty of Disney references. ;) And of course I've been tweeting as well - www.twitter.com/bookishprincess

    I have a few more days left in the UK (which will include a DIS meet in London - can't wait to see you Laura!) then it's back to the US of A.

    Cheerio for now!
     
  9. scrapbookersdis

    scrapbookersdis <font color=darkorchid>Yes, we are going to Disney

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    Love your Europe vlogs and twitter pics -- you made Impressions de France come alive. I had never even known the names of those places. And the patisseries you went to put Epcot's to shame.

    Looking forward to more Disney TR-ing!!
     
  10. AGPrincess

    AGPrincess Disney Snob -- Bookish Princess

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    Awww, thanks! It was a fantastic trip, and Impressions de France gave us a great list of places to go to! Oh gosh, and those patisseries. Heavenly. :goodvibes
     
  11. AGPrincess

    AGPrincess Disney Snob -- Bookish Princess

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    The next update is almost ready...more Art of Animation coming up!! :cool1:
     
  12. AGPrincess

    AGPrincess Disney Snob -- Bookish Princess

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    SO. When we last left off, it was our first morning waking up at the Art of Animation Resort.

    Nothing makes me as early a bird as the promise of a Disney day, so I was up and about before the rest of the family.

    I clambered over sleeping brothers to take a peek at the morning waiting for me. (what, I didn't wake them up!!)

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    Just keep swimming, Dory! I loved how those sketches stretched away down the building.

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    Some imagineers were already hard at work on the Lion King section, which was set to open in a few weeks. The walkway towards it was close off, so it was fun that our room looked out towards it, and we could get a sneak peek.

    I emerged into the Big Blue World outside our door, ready to find some more animated pixie dust!

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    But first, I had to stop and admire the palm treeeeeeeeeeeeeees!

    You know, on my recent trip to Europe, there would sometimes be palm trees stuck at random in French and English cities – cities which clearly did not have a palm tree climate, and yet there the lovely fronds were. Why doesn't America have unexpected palm trees everywhere? I was a fan of the unexpected palm trees. But then I’m a fan of ANY palm tree.

    ANYway, back to the Disney! My first stop was the food court to grab a morning beverage in my mug. It might have been coffee. It might have been a self-made mocha (coffee + hot chocolate). It might have been tea. Whatever it was, it was highly enjoyable, mostly because it came from a Disney food court and was consumed in a refillable mug.

    Disney coffee is never really delicious for its own sake. It's delicious because it's Disney. :thumbsup2

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    They were filming some sort of something (I'm really specific, aren't I? ;)) out by the pool. I didn't recognize either of the actors. And, to my mind, if it's not Stacy, Taylor Swift, or Kate Middleton, there's nothing much to get excited about. Those are the three celebrities that matter in my book. lol.

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    P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney. Don't forget it!

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    Good Morning Nemo! How cute is he, swimming across that big building? But I tore myself away from the ocean adorableness to check out some motor action...

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    My steps were turned towards the CARS section of the resort!

    Now I’ve read about and seen photos of Carsland at Disneyland – it sounds amazing. And if any of you readers have been there and/or to AoA, you’ll have to tell me how they compare.

    But, honestly, I can’t imagine Carsland being much cooler than the Art of Animation area. I was totally blown away. Just like with the Finding Nemo section, it felt like you had stepped right into the movie.

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    Every few steps you seemed to run into a new, lifesize Cars character. Hey Doc! How’s it going?

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    Flo, you lookin’ good, girl!

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    Ramone is all ready to give you a whole new look, but he’ll also point you towards the Cozy Cone Motel!

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    The windows of the Cozy Cone were so cute and typically Disney – chock full of perfectly themed details!

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    You can’t actually go in the lobby building of the Cone (well, actually you can, but it’s just the bathrooms. They were really nice bathrooms though.), but if you walk through it you’ll find the Cozy Cone’s pool!

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    Let’s check it out, shall we?

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    THOSE COLORS! And that morning sunshine! And that complete lack of any other human being to spoil my photo! lol.

    Maybe partly why I enjoyed this part of the resort so much was because of how quiet it was – I had the Cozy Cone all to myself that morning. And in fact, all throughout our stay, the resort never seemed overly busy or crowded.

    Still, the quiet of the morning is something you can’t get at anytime of day. I simply adore Disney mornings.

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    Ok, let’s go over the amazing things about this pool.

    1. YOU’RE AT THE COZY CONE MOTEL. How cool is that?
    2. Each little cone is its own adorable little beach hut that you can actually go and sit in. Also it’s nice that there were, I think, seven or eight of them, so you’d have a pretty good chance of finding one open!
    3. Bright colors popping out all around you. Those facades on the buildings were just perfect. Notice how the ones directly behind the pool have the Cadillac mountain range!
    4. PALM TREES.

    I think we have now established the awesomeness of this pool.

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    LUIGI, my friend!! How are you???

    I love how absolutely delighted he looks to see you.

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    GUIDO!!! EEEEEeee! (Guido is my favorite character from Cars). He also looks so wonderfully happy. You can’t help but smile looking at that blue face!

    (That scene, where he totally pwns - yes, I just used the word pwn - the other jerky pit stop cars: FAVORITE.)

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    Of course, there’s a Casa della Tires in town!

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    And right across the street is Mater’s towing shop and the main Mater himself!

    I didn’t get pics of Lightning McQueen and Sally, they were over by the Wheel Well Motel, which is behind the Cozy Cone – I did get pics of that later in the evening, so those are coming! I believe that Sarge and Fillmore were also to be found, though not any of the characters from Cars II.

    This whole area though was so complete in its theming. So many details, so many colors, such gorgeous landscaping. The hallways were really fun too (photos of those later as well!) – I would love to stay in this section someday. I’ve read that the Lion King and Little Mermaid sections maybe aren’t quite as epic, but the Cars section definitely hit it out of the park for me.

    It was still early when I finished exploring, so I got another drink in my mug (white citrus tea this time!) and took it to sit by the playground area.

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    I have a thing for benches, and there were some quite lovely benches there.

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    A brilliant Disney morning? Oh yeah. I’d say so.

    And it wasn’t even over! Up next, breakfast at Landscape of Flavors!
     
  13. zipadeepixie

    zipadeepixie Earning My Ears

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    The Cars area at AoA looks amazing but Cars Land will blow you away! You HAVE to come to California and see it!
     
  14. RachelNinja

    RachelNinja Sometimes I'd rather live in VMK than in real life

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    Welcome back! I love just how adventurous you are to travel abroad. It doesn't seem like my kind of thing at all, so I enjoyed living vicariously through you. I haven't finished watching all your vlogs yet. Haha, I focused first and foremost on the ones where you visited patisseries!

    I like how the Cars at AoA are kind of leaning to the side to give them even more personality. I would LOVE to have one of those cones at the pool to relax in on a non-park day!
     
  15. Miss Potts

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    Loving your trip report!

    I've never stayed at the GF but your report has totally tempted me to squeeze a night or two in on my next trip!!

    Can't wait to see your poly report - my favorite resort ever!!!
     
  16. marDgreen88

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    Art of Animation... I just can't even deal with how perfect it is, honestly. It amazes me every time I see pictures!

    Hope you had a wonderful time in Europe... I know you did! :thumbsup2
     
  17. AGPrincess

    AGPrincess Disney Snob -- Bookish Princess

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    Oohhh, good to hear! I really want to get out to check out Carsland, especially after seeing Art of Animation!

    Thanks! lol, glad you enjoyed the vlogs. The patisseries were SO much fun...I'm missing them already! It's so difficult to find a really good bakery here in the States - I just don't get it. :confused3
     
  18. MEK

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    Your pictures are great! Thanks for the tour of AoA. It's such a cool resort. I hope someday I get a chance to stay there. I toured the Nemo area last summer, but I think its time to go back and tour some more. That pool in the Cars section is adorable.
     
  19. disneyhockeymad

    disneyhockeymad <font color=magenta>˚o˚ ˚o˚ <font color=blue>Shari

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    I LOVED the cars section of AoA, my mum and I were in absolute awe! Posed with so many characters, so so good!

    I also love mornings like that, so quiet, so peaceful, so sunny and so relaxing! Love it :)
     
  20. AGPrincess

    AGPrincess Disney Snob -- Bookish Princess

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    Welcome, and thank you! (P.S. I love your username!) The Grand was utterly wonderful, only to be topped (of course) by the Polynesian - it's my favorite too! :goodvibes

    It is so fabulous...I want to go back and see the Lion King and Little Mermaid sections! You have to make sure you get over to see it on your next trip...although maybe it's one of your mystery resorts?? I can't wait to find out where you're staying! :goodvibes And thanks, it was a wonderful trip!
     
  21. AGPrincess

    AGPrincess Disney Snob -- Bookish Princess

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    Thanks! It is a pretty fabulous new resort. :thumbsup2

    The characters are such a great addition to the resort - and so perfect for photos! Quiet mornings are the best. :goodvibes
     

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