Dr. Jones and the Spitting Camel - Link to Alaska Cruise TR 9/18

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  1. 2xcited2sleep

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    So glad that you guys were able to make it to tea! I think the strawberries & cream and the sparkling wine were my favorite part when I went. :rotfl:

    Also pleased the boys got to have their news-to-you but apparently much anticipated lunch at Rainforest.

    Can't wait to hear about Teppan Edo. I have yet to try it but it sounds really fun.
     
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  3. eandesmom

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    She cracks me up with those, it was a ton of fun. It is such a pretty, girly room. Just lovely.

    Oh you should, leave the boys and go with your mom, you'd love it. And, for $25, the tea we chose really was quite a bit of food, overall I thought was a pretty good deal. I'd thought it a bit overpriced going into it but it really was more food than I thought it would be. It would make a lovely light lunch.

    Oh, that reminds me of Practically Perfect Patrica! I hope she is doing ok. We really did have a practically perfect time, though I'm not sure we were very proper!

    It's lovely Rosie, you will enjoy it if you are able to do it in December.

    It was a lovely afternoon! Ah yes...the dark side is getting very close now!
     
  4. eandesmom

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    The blessing of straight hair and a messy low pony with a flower pin. :rotfl: It covers up a LOT. My shirt dried out ok so that was a good thing. It was a lovely afternoon and yes, funny that they shopped while we looked but didn't actually buy anything. Well, until we got to the YC gift shop. :rotfl:

    I was glad they did as the boys really wanted to look at DTD and we'd not really done it yet.

    The food was delish, loved it all!

    Thanks, I was dry by then :rotfl:

    There were a ton of little girls, all in their princess dresses. I'm not sure at what age they'd really get it and appreciate it.

    It was a ton of fun, a great girly escape which had been the whole plan, but I admit it was even more fun than I'd expected. A special afternoon.

    :rotfl: Evan fits right in with those characters, that's for sure. We did have a great time.
     
  5. eandesmom

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    Ah...the egg white would give you the fizz. BLEH on gin though. :rotfl:

    The pink was good, I prefer the regular but I have to admit, the mango rum version might well be my favorite!

    Yeah, you are stranded so eally what can you do? No other options and freaking out won't change the fact that you are stranded so...thank heavens for that CM!

    Maybe you could get away for the tea for DISmeet on one of your trips, or if you are there again with some of your family or something but yeah, with just the boys probably not going to happen. We thought about it for our girls trip but the Trek won.

    And besides, your kids seem to nap so well at Tokyo Dining! :rotfl:

    I really hope to go there next trip, we stilll haven't made it there, we can't get past Teppan!

    Yep, one more dinner and a morning and then dark side here we come!!!
    In some ways it felt long and in others, not at all. It was a little choppy, the way and dates Sandie and Paul came in and we definitely did a lot less less while they were there but overall we did a ton and some really really special moments like the cruise and the tea.

    The smugness just may have some foreshadowing in it.

    That sounds AWFUL Tammie, I'm glad you threw a fit.

    It really was a perfect afternoon

    I'm not sure I really managed them :rotfl: but thanks!

    My side is a blast to do Disney with. We've done it twice (some of them more, but without me) our last big trip of about 20, was in 2004. It's a bit like herding cats to figure out dates and such and historically we've stayed offsite to save $$ but I know my family will want to stay onsite (and hopefully DVC by then) so it will be interesting to see how it plays out. Right now we are tentatively looking at 12/26-1/3/2012. I am SO excited about this idea!

    We have a family party this weekend to celebrate 4 birthdays (Evan, one of my nephews, Mom and Dad) and I'm sure we will talk about it then. My one sister wants me to just plan it all for everyone which I am fine with doing but I think it is more likely I'll plan for some and others, who are wishy washy or whatever, can just book on their own. The group could range anywhere from 9-25 or so. I do need to call about special events etc as if the group is large enough, sometimes if you book a catered event (which we may do as a surprise party for my mom and dad), you can get a block room rate. Probably the biggest challenge will be folks who can't commit and then expect to get a last minute room during the holiday season!

    Which is still likely higher than a good discount, but better than rack. We will see.

    What I do know is this, regardless of where others stay, we'll be on property. Evan of course thinks it would be EPIC if all the boy cousins could be in a treehouse together. Granted, that depends on who comes. If my brother from Germany comes there are 8 nephews and there is NO way only one adult would stay with them. So I'm already going back and forth on where would be best for US to stay...and then layering in the rest of the players.

    :rotfl:

    In reality if the dates are agreed on, planning won't really start until next Jan anyway. So all I need to do between now and Jan is buy DVC...which means I need to decide where. I'm hoping to maybe buy on the cruise but if not, it will probably be next Jan and try to get a double point deal like they offered this year. For our needs I'm planning on buying direct, at least to start. So...we will see, I'm torn!

    Mine too! Although I did like the tea and the pate quite a bit as well.


    I'm glad they did too, and I didn't have to go :rotfl:

    It's a great group location.
     
  6. jenjolt

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    What a great tea day!!! I have done the GF tea before and your pictures make me want to do the tea again!!! SO beautiful there!!

    Love the pictures of Kendall!!! Such a pretty young lady!!!!

    Strawberries and Cream...sound so good right now!!!
     
  7. eandesmom

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    She is lovely, isn't she :hug:

    That sounds wonderful to me right now as well!

    I'm making a new Mahi Mahi recipe tonight for dinner club, if it turns out well I'll send you the recipe along with the Mahi Tacos :)
     
  8. All7OfUs

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    Mango rum version!? How can it be that I have not heard of this yet?? :scared1:

    Ok, now onto the update...

    Your tea time with ladies only looks simply wonderfully, girly! I love what you ordered too. :thumbsup2 Mine was quite different, but I was able to taste several things off of the plates you ordered too. I too, love their presentation, and how elegant everything is there. So pretty!

    I love that you 3 giggled, and self-posed, and stuck roses into your hair! A perfect afternoon capped by that ever-elusive dip in the pool!! :thumbsup2:thumbsup2:thumbsup2
     
  9. eandesmom

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    It was embedded in the chatter on the girls trip TR lol.

    It was just lovely!!!!!!!!!!! I look forward to reading about your tea :)
     
  10. Moira222

    Moira222 Can't get enough of the Magic & Pixie Dust!

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    I just caught up on your last few posts. I just love all of the tea pictures!

    Its easy to forget how long it takes to get from one point to another!

    just a short note saying hi and love the pics.... i am trying to catch up before I start anything new!
     
  11. eandesmom

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    Hi!

    I do try to plan for lots of travel time but oh, for some reason DTD takes FOREVER from wherever I am.
     
  12. Charleston Princess

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    What a lovely afternoon tea! I love the china they use at the Grand Floridian -- so elegant and pretty! :lovestruc It is quite obvious from all of the great pictures that you all had a blast! What a nice outing for you to share with Sandi and K! :goodvibes
     
  13. eandesmom

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    It is pretty, I think it might be old country roses by royal albert/royal doulton. I've always been drawn to that pattern.

    It was fun and someday you and Chelsea will do it, in pretty dresses, and have a lovely time!!
     
  14. GreatBiscuit

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    Hey Cynthia! Finally got all caught back up again. I'm glad I got to read all that in one sitting...the suspense would have killed me! What a crazy day in AK! Looking forward to more!
     
  15. eandesmom

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    LOL! Well I'm very glad you aren't dead from the suspense. And happy to see you around today :cool1: I hope all is going well with you and the first lady these days.

    more soon :goodvibes
     
  16. GreatBiscuit

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    Winding down the school year and looking forward to summer. We are T-minus 12.5 months on Disney liftoff (Lord willing and the creek don't rise) so that makes me happy..in a longing and slightly depressing sort of way.

    Hope the E clan is getting ready to enjoy themselves the mess out of some summertime break.
     
  17. eandesmom

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    :cool1::cool1::cool1:

    that's great news! And...time for you to start a PTR! LOL. Seriously though, you should!

    I know what you mean, I think our next trip is now officially 18 months away...slightly depressing.

    The E clan is not remotely organized for summer break and needs to get their act together! We still have 3 weeks though.
     
  18. eandesmom

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    We first tried Teppan Edo in February of 2009. I enjoy hibachi and the group experience and its decent food. Nothing unusual or especially unique but the experience really “sells” it for my group. Teppan had been the ONE place that my kids demanded we go back to. I really kind of wanted to do all new locations but let them have this one. Even after the “vote” it still came up way up there on the list. Sandie had been kind of “meh” on the idea until she heard how much the kids loved it.

    Nice thing about being a party of 8 is that I knew we’d have our own table so that might make it more fun. We’d had an amazing chef before and I hoped tonight’s could live up to that experience.

    Arriving, it was as crazy in there as I remembered from before and despite the late hour we still had to wait a bit for our table. Once seated, the boys were quickly given some cheater chopticks

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    The rest of us perused our menus. They look so excited don’t they?

    I decided something festive, to mark the occasion of our last evening was in order (NOT a sake fan)

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    The Mt. Fuji.

    Sandie got wine, Paul some kind of cocktail and Jeff went for sake.

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    Somehow our new chef’s mickey mouse onions just didn’t have the same impact as before. Perhaps it was the fact we’d heard the “story” before, or he just wasn’t nearly as funny.

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    It really is fun to watch the process, you can see some of our entrees out there. Swordfish and Chicken at this point I think.

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    One volcano ready to blow

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    Veggies almost ready

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    Ah…Very sharp knife!

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    A little salt and pepper

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    I think this was nemo jumping…

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    Mnn! Veggies and noodles, one of my favorite parts of this meal
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    Time to put the red meat on

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    My swordfish

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    Evan’s shrimp

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    And a lot of meat for most everyone else.

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    Somehow, Eric became chef. I think it may have been birthday button related.

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    It’s not staying on very well is it?

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    Continued in next post
     
  19. eandesmom

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    Out of nowhere someone comes by (a manager for some reason I think) and started making origami at the table with the kids!

    Eric&#8217;s blue crane

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    A red one for Evan

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    They could &#8220;flap&#8221;
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    Kendall found a new use for the Mt. Fuji umbrella

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    She also got a frog!

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    Which hopped right out of this picture!

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    He looks like he&#8217;s going to attack the cherry

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    Being a girl and in a pretty sundress also got her a purple crane as well as the frog

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    She parked him on Eric&#8217;s hat

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    Which Evan stole and apparently has an even smaller head than Eric!

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    We played with those cranes for quite a while. Had tea, dessert, just hung out and enjoyed ourselves. It was our last night. Our chef wasn&#8217;t quite as good (entertaining and engaging) but was fine. The food was delicious, as before. But orgami guy made up for the chef and overall, again, a really great evening.

    We got a little too relaxed though. At one point the manager came out and said

    &#8220;How are you getting home tonight&#8221;

    We looked at each other, confused. No one had more than 2 drinks at dinner (if that) and we weren&#8217;t really sure what the question was. He clarified.

    "Are you taking a bus to a hotel on property or did you drive?"

    We walked.

    We plan to walk back.


    "Oh"

    "Did you know that they close the international gateway?"​


    WHHHHHHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAYTT????
    :scared1::scared1:

    I mean really, you assume that while people are in the restaurants, they wouldn&#8217;t close it, wouldn&#8217;t you?

    But, apparently they do and there is a window, maybe 2 hours, I can&#8217;t recall, after park closing. The park had closed at 9. Which is about when we were seated. And our dining experience wasn&#8217;t exactly fast. I wasn&#8217;t sure how the heck we would get &#8220;home&#8221; if in fact the IG was closed. Couldn&#8217;t take a boat, I didn&#8217;t think there were actually Epcot Busses to the Epcot resorts (but don&#8217;t know) and my stress level shot up in a heartbeat anticipating some crazy monorail/ttc/bus adventure at midnight.

    PAY BILL

    PAY BILL FAST


    RUN PEOPLE RUN!

    It was comical

    But not really

    Paul has gout, he can&#8217;t run.

    Sandie really can&#8217;t either.

    A few of them ran ahead to see if they could keep it open, if in fact it was almost closed or being closed

    It wasn&#8217;t. :worship:

    A bit out of breath, but laughing we all got to the turnstiles and walked out.

    No problem.

    WHEW!

    And with that adventure over, it was bedtime. We didn&#8217;t want to stay up as we all needed to pack, had breakfast reservations (and were ideally packed with bags at bell services BEFORE breakfast) and then make our way to&#8230;

    The Dark Side.

    A sigh and a bye



     
  20. glennbo123

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    I would've been stressed too, imagining a very long detour to get back to a close-by resort.

    Love the pictures with the chef's hat engulfing Eric's and then Evan's heads.

    The food looks really good at Teppan Edo, but I still think I want to try different places since we've done Hibachi locally several times.
     
  21. Flossbolna

    Flossbolna Sea days are just so relaxing!

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    Wow! Good to know about the IG closing at some point!! :scared1: But it sounds like a lovely last evening at WDW.

    Did I mention that I am looking forward to the Dark Side report? Katharina and I have a very specific reason to be very interested in your experience. ;)
     

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