Dreams Come True! An April Adventure of Being Remembered & Making Magic Updated 11/6!

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  1. katt789

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    Haha! It helps that I have updates typed up already and just have to copy and paste. Todays just a down day (if you call getting up for an 8:20am breakfast at MK, doing FOTLK & B&TB and then spending the day at the hotel a down day...ha!) Just waiting for Paige to land now haha

    I love it!!

    AH! HI! Glad to see you come out of lurking hah. How was the rest of your night?!?

     
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  3. jane2073

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    I have never seen the butterfly picture before. That is really cool!!

    Glad your current vacation is already a load of fun!
     
  4. Merida

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    You're very dedicated, updating on vacation! I don't think I'm ever together enough to accomplish anything while on break, haha. Though it would be nice to be doing work at AKL! Can't wait to see your MNSSHP pictures, I've become obsessed this year. And I'm not even that big a fan of Halloween? We were the only kids in the neighborhood growing up so we never trick-or-treated or anything. MNSSHP just looks so cool with all the lighting and costumes and everything!

    Also Jane is out at Halloween and I need to meet her. I did Wendy/Peter Pan at the Christmas party and it was such an adorable meet!! They are so great together.

    That butterfly photopass picture is adorable. Was it related to Flower and Garden? I've never seen it before!
     
  5. pirateprincess1976

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    Lol The rest of my night was fabulous. I love the Halloween party. It's great to see some of those rare characters and the parade is awesome. I had the song stuck in my head all night lol
     
  6. katt789

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    Haha, it was awesome!!

    Bahah! We've just actually had some down time this trip, taking things a little slower so we've got some more time in the resort...and the wifi haha!! It definitely helps!

    AH! MNSSHP was great, so so great, I absolutely love halloween!! It's great, and the parks look absolutely amazing all lit up and decorated for the event, it's great!! AH! Peter and Wendy, all I wish is that they were out all the time, they would be so much fuuuun. I'm guessing it was, I haven't ever seen it before either!

    That's great!! I love all the rare characters, half the reason I go to the parties!! haha, the parade & firework s& stage show are also my favsies haha!
     
  7. katt789

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    Our journey continued through Italy next, Tanessa and I took some time to browse through the shops. I definitely would buy at least one mask (if not all lol) of the masks if I ever had a place I would wear it. Truthfully, it could just be a decoration, but still, I don’t know if I could justify spending the money?

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    We spent quite a bit of time in the perfume shop, there were so many scents in there, and we spent some time looking through a lot of the possibilities of things in there. Tanessa found one she really liked, and that was when the CM asked if I liked it, I said I did, but was much more of a vanilla smelling person than anything else. She immediately recommended a certain one, I tried it on, and did really like it, saying that I would wear it around all day and see if I still liked it, I would come back and buy it!

    We met up with Tyler outside, and clearly, he was used to my “do something different” comment when I hold up the camera….or maybe it was just the beer? Ha!

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    I absolutely love that they put these quotes up on the construction, I just love that they have all these Walt Disney quotes all over the place, I can never get enough of them. There’s a book of quotes of Walt, and I desperately need to buy it (along with like, every biography!!) I really want to learn as much as I can about Walt, his life pre and post Disney, and how everything just works, he has such a brilliantly creative mind. Like, seriously, look at what he’s created!!!

    Next up, was America! This is another pavilion that I kind of feel is lacking, surprisingly. Truthfully, I’ve only ever stopped for the Voices of Liberty, and thanks to some friends opinions of the American Adventure, I probably won’t be stopping anytime soon. (Please don’t take any offence to this, it’s just my opinion based on what I have heard)

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    We did stop to see the Voices of Liberty, as they were singing at the moment, and you never pass that up, they’re so incredibly talented!

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    They’re definitely right when they say the acoustics are better if you take a seat in the domed roofed room. I took the time to take a bit of video of them as well, here’s the youtube link if you want to check that out!

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    Tyler had wanted to wander in to listen, but still had some beer on him, and they wouldn’t let him into the building with an open beverage, so he waited for us out front.

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    He then got super excited when I pointed out “BUZZ AND WOODY!” and he thought it was the characters, when it was in face only the topiaries. I do love the Flower & Garden festival stuff they have, really neat gardening skills haha!

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    It was getting closer and closer to 2:30, so we decided that it was probably best that we skip past both Japan & Morrocco, saying that we would return later if we had the time/ended up wanting to. Where were we headed to with such pace? Well, France of course! I had debated where I had wanted to eat for so long, there’s just so many choices in World Showcase, and it eventually came down to France & Italy, and France just had some lighter choices overall, so it won! We had a bit of time until we could check in, so you can guess where we stopped!

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    Yum! I could really go for one of those right about now! I have now tried the Grand Marnier & Grey Goose (lemon) ones, (I actually got the GG one by accident when she poured it instead of the GM, but I had wanted to try it anyway, so why not?) And I can safely say that I very much prefer the Grand Marnier Orange slush. It’s to die for. I wish they sold them at every kiosk around WS, so I didn’t have to back track all the time! Haha! We drank our slushies while we watched the Street Performers that were out and about in France while we waited!

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    Again with the talent! I would definitely be terrified if I had to climb on that many chairs like that!!

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    And with us not-so-slowly sipping back our slushies, we headed over to check into our lunch destination!





     
  8. katt789

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    We walked up to Le Chefs de France at around 2:30, for our 2:50pm reservation. I thought that we would have to wait quite a bit as it was still close to 20 minutes to our actual meal time, but we ended up getting called in right away! Yay! The restaurant didn’t look that busy either, bonus!

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    When you walk into the restaurant and take an immediate left, down all the way to the end, and go right, so you’re right between the bar/expo are of the kitchen and the outside wall that’s beside the pathway to backstage, where the Beast & Belle come from. Well, our table was right in there! Yay, prime location! Tanessa and I were also quick to notice more cute cm’s in here!

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    It was really nice inside, bright and sunny from the full glass windows, and not loud at all. Since it wasn’t that busy, we even had the added bonus of the cm’s hanging around their area of the restaurant which was right by our table. Thank-you. I know we ordered alcoholic drinks, I’m pretty sure we got a bottle of wine, or some glasses, and Tyler got beer? One of the two. I had also been looking through some ideas for food before getting there, and had really wanted to try the Escargot, so the three of us split it!

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    It’s a “Casserole of Burgundian escargots baked in parsley and garlic butter” (according to my app) and it came with a little baguette to eat it with. I’m pretty sure there was some pesto in the sauce as well, could be wrong. Well, here goes, would I like my first taste of snail?!

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    Here goes nothing! Verdict of the escargot: I liked it! We all did, definitely tasted better with the bread, it was really just like the not-deep-fried calamari, squishy, not a whole lot of flavor, but that was fixed by the sauce and bread. We did finish them off though, I’m pretty sure I had more than the other two, but it had been my idea to get them! While we were eating the appetizer, a little friend came along to say hello!

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    Remy! It was a little added bonus to the meal too, I had heard he made rounds, and thought it was completely random, and didn’t think we’d be seeing him today. Then I read somewhere that he did the rounds right around 2:50, which was our reservation, so we just caught the tail end of his rounds! Yay!

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    He was sooo cute! It was something that all three of us were “how does it work?!?” after he left, it was amazing, cause he can actually carry a “conversation” with you. He was definitely flirting with Tanessa, and his handler warned Remy that she might be with someone here, which we quickly said that she wasn’t, and Remy was in love! Haha!

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    Not long after that, our food came out to table!

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    That’s mine! I got the Crepe Florentine, a “large crepe filled with chicken, spinach, mushrooms and béchamel sauce”. I have a mild lactose intolerance, so it made it kind of difficult to choose something on the menu, as I wanted something “traditional” French, that I couldn’t really get anywhere else, so I chose this. My opinion, it was tasty! I really did like it, but it did have a bit too much cheese in/on it, so I didn’t completely finish it!

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    I’m pretty sure this one was Tylers, the Croque Monsieur et sa Salade verte “The classic French toasted ham and cheese sandwich served with a green salad” He liked it, and ate every last bite. The bonus of traveling with Tyler is that him being a chef, he critiques food, and will actually give me a response other than “it’s good” haha! While we were eating we saw the Beast on his way out to say hello to some lovely new friends!

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    Next up came desserts! I ordered the Crème Brulee and Tanessa got the chocolate mousse.

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    A really cool thing is that they have this like, mini blow torch thing that “toasts” the crème brulee one at a time, and nice and quick, Tyler said he would have loved to have one like that at his work! I liked the dessert, but definitely should have gone with something else, talk about too much heavy cream for a lactose person (although I didn’t finish it). Both Tanessa & I loved the chocolate mousse, it was super light and fluffy and delicious! I definitely should have gotten it instead haha.

    Our experience with Chefs de France was great, the food was great, the service was good too, and hey, the cm’s were easy on the eyes. I would definitely go back again (that is, after trying like, every other place in world showcase haha!)

    Tyler ducked out for a smoke while we were finishing up with desserts, and we met up with him outside of the restaurant. Luckily for us, there was a photopass girl out, right in front of the fountain! It was a beautiful location, and I realized as we took the pictures that it would be the greatest space to get some dance pose pictures next trip! Yay! I’ve always wanted to get them in front of the castle, but it’s always so crowded, we’ll try!!

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    This is the point in the afternoon where Tyler decided that he was going to split up with us…surprise….lol. So he headed back to the resort, as Tanessa and I headed toward the UK and Canada to explore more World Showcase! We stopped in Canada for a bit, laughing at how much like a tourist-ey Banff it looks like in there, and chat with a couple of the CM’s about Alberta and comparing it to Florida, definitely a difference!

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    Next up we were back at Future World already, it was only about 3:30, 4 pm, and it was hot, so we stopped into Club Cool to cool off and try some drinks, the Beverly, of course, did not make it onto our “good” list.

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    There was a photopass photographer out, so of course we stopped to grab a picture, and she was great, timing the pictures with the fountain in the background! Awesome! Thank you!

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    We had accomplished everything we had wanted to already, and had more than enough time to kill before Illuminations, so what did we decide to do? Well, it was hot, hot as heck, and we wanted to maybe see our favorite Princes one more time before we left, so where else would be go but Magic Kingdom?! That being our next destination, we headed towards the Monorail!

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    What’s that?! A Disney character, well of course, Katt gets distracted! It was Daisy! And I mean, when were we going to see her again!?

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    If there’s one thing I love, it’s when the photopass photographers take a million pictures of you interacting with the character, not just the posed pic, and if there’s something I love more than that, it’s when whoever you are with, does the same thing! Ha! Tanessa had learnt well!

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    With a last look at Spaceship Earth, we jumped onto the monorail and headed over to see my castle!!







     
  9. Merida

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    I love Daisy! She's just so.. zazzy (though the Epcot one could do with a wardrobe update! The MGM/Halloween party/Storybook circus ones are perf).

    ha, I don't think you miss much by skipping American Adventure. In my opinion, it's a pretty basic review of American history (they skip on all the good parts!!). I really want to see Voices of Liberty at some point, everyone seems to rave about how wonderful they are. I wish that MK had as many live entertainment options as Disneyland or Epcot.

    Your slushie looks delicious but I can't say I'm a fan of the snails.. good on you all for trying them, though! ;)
     
  10. katt789

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    Haha she totally could use a new outfit or two haha. Baha, good to know!! And there are more entertainment offerings coming to MK much like the streetmosphere at DHS, and some variety acts (theyre also auditioning those) with the expansion, im looking forward to seeing them!

    Oh deat god those slushies, i could drink a million!!! Nothing is as good as them!! Haha the escargot turned out better than i thought too!!
     
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    I can't wait to hear about all of your new interactions from the trip you just got back from! My character interactions are so boring, which is hysterical because I'm so crazy! You'd think they'd be more fun.....

    Mmmm.....beer. I love beer. LOL.

    I have such a hard time making it out of Karamel Kuche with nothing in hand. It's just soooo good. But I have a massive sweet tooth. Hence the reason that I still need to lose like 50 more pounds.....

    Thank you means Merci?! Hahahaha. That is the most ridiculously stupid commercial tagline I've ever heard.

    WS always has the cutest guys. I could spend hours just walking around looking for cuties.

    That's a magic shot I've never seen before! That's awesome!

    I do love Voices of Liberty, but I also love the American Adventure. I don't know why. I'm just a sappy dork I guess.

    Oh, slushies. I'm partial to the GG one, but seriously I'd take any of them. LOL.

    I love escargot! I don't know if they make it the same way in Chefs de France, but in the Bistro upstairs it's made in a parsley butter sauce, and it's the most amazing thing I've ever tasted in my life.

    Remy! So adorable.

    Croque Monsieur is one of my favorite things ever when visiting abroad. It's sooooo good. But Croque Madame is even better, and seriously impossible to get in the US.
     
  12. shan23877

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    Great update! I'm really leaning toward Chefs De France for next trip. Mommy would get yummy French food and waiters, and Maddie would get Remy! Perfect!

    Sounds like a fun afternoon-Maddie and I would have jumped back to MK too. :goodvibes
     
  13. katt789

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    AHAHAHAHA:rotfl2: Since you're on facebook you've heard some tidbits here and there about characters & junk, but OH MY GOODNESS. I am seriously dying still about some of the stuff that happened. Paige & I's last day could not have been better!

    That beer was great...yum...

    Haha, yeah, Disney tends to wreck havoc on any kind of nutrition/fitness for me! I was doing okay the first half of the trip, but once the quick service dining plan hits, it's like "oh, I get fries and cake with this.....awesome! om nom nom nom nom" Haha

    I seriously need to start playing the "find the cute cm's" game....and be all "we're taking pictures with as many cm's as we can...." ahahaha

    Lunch was seriously great! A little too much cheese for me, but I make sure to keep the intake down haha, I loved Remy, he was so cute!!
     
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    Do it!! It was great, and yeah, there's the best of both worlds! I think for my next trip I'm going to try and eat places I haven't eaten before! It'll be kinda hard without the dining plan, but we'll see what we can do haha. You guys have any idea when your next trip is? Hopefully I'll be hanging out with some Princesses by then! Hhaha

    I find that Epcot really is the park that doesn't take that long at all, it's a lot of exploring and it's cool and all, but I get bored! Hhaha, I have a need for some rides, or my castle, or something!
     
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    Alright, so I just wanted to jump in here and say hello to everyone, and say that I'm back, home, and missing Disney already haha! Our trip was absolutely amazing, there was so much awesomeness, pixie dust, a little bit of "backstage" magic, and of course, some amazing character meet & greets :cloud9: (including a conversation that may or may not have had a slip of out of character :eek:)

    We battled some crazy rain a few days, but nothing a poncho or two couldn't handle, sunshine and daisy's the rest of the trip! Ha! There was definitely some amazingly delicious food that we ate, and the resorts were absolutely gorgeous, absolutely in love with this. I have to say, this was one of the most magical trips I've had yet, the two weeks helped, and Paige definitely helped. Let me tell you, that is one girl who understands Disney magic, and feels it right down t the heart. :lovestruc

    I'm also posting this to say a HUGE thank you to everyone following along in all and every one of my trip reports. I had a large amount of people approach me in the parks and say they knew me from the disboards, and people that knew my trip reports. So, even if you're a lurker out there, well, number one; come say hi!! I promise I don't bite! Haha!! And number two, even if you're not commenting and just lurking out there, I do appreciate you and thank you for reading along!!
     
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    It was time for us to travel on my favorite mode of transportation, the MONORAAAAIIILLL. Seriously, words cannot express how much I love it, and each time I do manage to ride it on a Disney trip, I am very, very happy. I found a monorail Iphone case last week online and will definitely be ordering it! Yay! Since our plan at MK was literally to ride Splash and see our Princes, we headed over towards Adventureland first to see Tanessa’s! However when we got over to Agrabah, the friends of Jasmine & Aladdin were both different! Boo. Oh well, we still had one more day that we could explore Magic Kingdom, maybe then! Since we were headed that way, we grabbed a fast pass for Splash Mountain (it was a hot day, there was no way we were waiting in that line!) and then headed back through Frontierland to check on Tiana & Naveen. Now, what is the greatest thing to do on a hot day in Disney World when you’re waiting on the fast pass for Splash to open up….get a Mickey Bar!!

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    Yum! It’s not a trip to Disney unless at least 1 of these is eaten! I love that you get the refreshing-ness of ice cream, together with the delicious-ness that is chocolate, plus, I mean, it’s Mickey! Lol.

    Tiana & Naveen weren’t out when we got over to the little gazebo, so we plopped ourselves down on the little wall to eat our snacks. And here comes the sad, heartbreaking moment of the trip…not even halfway through eating my Mickey Bar, it broke, and crashed into the ground… :( Super sad….but absolutely hilarious at the time, I know Tanessa and I had quite the laugh about it.

    Not long after that, Tiana & Naveen came out, and as you might know, they circle past that little wall to come in the exit to get to their meet & greet, since we were sitting there, they both waved and smiled and said hello to us. Now, I went “I know him…” Tanny: “but it’s not coco-puff”…..it took us a minute to realized, and when we did it was one of those huge “GASP!!” moments followed by another huge laughing fit. The friend of Naveen’s that was out and about today, was the same friend of Aladdin that we had met the day before, Tanessa’s boyfriend. LAWL. Super lawl. It was a good moment. We didn’t end up getting in line for them, and continued on our adventure.

    I clearly did not take a lot of photos here, I guess I was done for the day, haha! I was just busy taking it all in, and soaking up the environment than anything else. Dream Along With Mickey was just beginning when we reached the hub so we stopped to watch it. This is another spot of Disney employment that I would absolutely love to have! I plan on auditioning for it next year when the auditions pop up, so we’ll see, but I need to really amp up the dancing to make it through the audition itself.

    Okay, tangent coming; it drives me insane that in vocal auditions, you go in, and sing a song that you will probably be singing in the show that you’re going for. You do exactly what you’ll be doing. Acting, similar, you go in with a monologue, reading lines, what you’ll be doing. In a dance audition, you go in, learn a combination in a matter of 10 minutes, review it, and then dance it. It consists of high kicks, complicated combinations, high jumps, and triple pirouettes. The job you’re auditioning for has you doing grapevines & box steps and single pirouettes…..WHAT IS THAT?! #rantover.

    ANYWAY, point of that being, I was watching the show and was thinking about how I could totally do that…if only I could make it through the audition…ugh…dancer problems…

    When the show finished and we were all assured that our dreams could and would come true, as long as we worked (again, no pictures, I was simply watching it this time around) we headed over into Fantasyland for something we knew wouldn’t have much of a wait, Phillharmagic! Love it, as always, the smell of strawberries in Be Our Guest scene is just so incredible! Love, love, love!! After a brief stop for a diet coke for Tanessa, it was time to use our Splash fast passes!!

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    Nothing greater than getting a little (or a lot) wet on a hot day in the Magic Kingdom! With at least one of our MK goals of the day done, we jumped back on the monorail and headed back towards Epcot for our evening. And of course, I don’t let a picture of the Wedding Pavilion skip past me every! Lol.

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    We started in WS the way we did that morning and circled through to do some shopping on our way to pick a spot for Illuminations later. I know Tanessa bought a purse in Mexico, and a beer stein in Germany for her dad (and possibly a shirt?) We both stopped in Italy and got the perfumes we had been looking at.

    Tyler had said he would meet us in the UK if he was coming back for Illuminations, so I headed over there while Tanessa stopped for something else along the way, but he was a no show. In here we ate dinner, and I’m really a horrible dis-er right now, I have no pictures, or ideas on what we ate. Since we were in UK and I remember being distracted and forgetting to get the drink I wanted at Rose & Crown I’m going to say we had fish & chips. Thankfully, drink wise that is, we passed France, and I of course, stopped for a slush, and this was the time she gave me the lemon by accident, but that was fine.

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    We snagged a pretty decent spot for the show right in the France/America/ region, somewhere in there and waited!

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    And that’s all folks! I seriously think I had psyched myself up a lot of the show, it had been a while since I’d seen it, and I feel like I expected more. Maybe I was just still thriving off World Of Color? Very possibly, but I just simply wasn’t as impressed as I thought I was going to be. It was still awesome though!! Tanessa and I again, lingered our way out of the park slowly, and when we did make it back to a bus, there was a very large obnoxious group of high schoolers on it who proceeded to yell and chant the entire way home. Ugh. We got home and fell into bed pretty quickly after that!


     
  17. IheartDDuck

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    The monorail is hands down the best form of transportation out there. I wish I had a monorail in my hometown. :lmao:

    Truth, one Mickey bar must be eaten for every trip. Any less than that is sacrilege.

    Man down! We have a Mickey bar man down!

    Hahaha, your dance rant is so right! I was a dance major in my past college life (and then I got fat.....just kidding, I went a different direction THEN got fat), and I know exactly what you're talking about. They push you to this level I think just to see what you'll do. Even though it's not even going to matter in the end. Rusty as I am, even I could do Dream Along with Mickey.

    I love Illuminations, but I do think that after you've seen some other shows, you do get that moment of "that's it?"

    Grrr, obnoxious teenagers. I constantly ask myself "dear god, tell me I wasn't like that?!"
     
  18. shan23877

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    UGGHHHH. I have an obnoxious teenager story from that trip too. It wasn't even the cheerleaders if you can believe it.

    You girls were busy bees that day!

    I like Illuminations, but it's not a must do for us. In fact, we've only seen it once in the last two trips, and that was from a bad spot! I just love Wishes.
     
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    I totally get your frustration about the dance audition process. It almost doesn't seem fair.
    I was watching the Jungle Jamming' parade once and there was this one girl who looked like she was about to pass out from all the dancing (and heat). And I don't think there is a lot of dancing in that parade. I wonder how she made it past the audition process??
     
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    I seriously wish the monorail would expand! Even if it was just to get to all the parks, it would make park hopping so much easier! Ha

    I totally didn't eat a Mickey bar in Sept....and I was there for 2 weeks...fail....to be fair I was trying not to eat sweets, and I did have a dole whip and a chocolate covered banana....

    ah! the more I find out about you, the more I think that we should definitely meet! Hopefully things work out for my nov trip! Eeek! Ugh, Seriously, I get it, and I don't get it. It's like, I'm sure that the tumble monkeys have to do a bunch of tumbling passes in their audition, yet they only ever have to do some tucks on the trampoline, and one back handspring. I understand it's so that everyone can keep up, and it looks good. I mean, if you've got a bunch of level 4 dancers doing level 1 choreo, it's going to look great, versus level 1 dancers doing it. I dunno, but, that's what I'm working towards.

    At least with the BaTB show there's a BUNCH of intense ballet stuff at points, although, I did see a lot of dancers who couldn't quite keep up on this past trip, oh well.

    Oh my god, every time there's some obnoxious or ridiculous or something group of kids I'm always "god I hope I wasn't that bad" I also totally turned to Paige on our trip and went "I really hope my kids don't turn out like that....or nerds...." and then quoted "you can't join mathletes! it's social suicide!" Ha

    To be fair, the parade auditions are a lot less intense, it's like, 4 walks, a jazz square, 4 skips, and 2 push turns, reeeeally easy stuff. I'm sure it gets more intense later, so they can pick people out for stuff like "Disney channel rocks" and the "fotlk" groups, as that choreo's a little bit harder. I dunno. :confused3
     
  21. katt789

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    Baha I believe it, like cheerleaders can be loud and cheer-ey and annoying, but so can band kids...and high schoolers in general haha. or just regular vacationers. I definitely noticed on the last trip that a lot of kids we ran into did NOT have any manners, if they shoved into you, they wouldn't say sorry, one kid even smacked paige in the shoulder with one of those giant pixie sticks and only apologized when Paige said something about it, and she laughed through the apology. I seriously don't get it, maybe it's because we're Canadian? Haha, half the time we'll say sorry if someone's ran into us! :rotfl2:

    It was a busy day! But we were busier the next haha!

    I definitely agree, I've skipped it a couple of trips, and I definitely like Wishes more, and Fantasmic haha. I dunno, there's just not a whole lot in Illuminations that draws me in!
     

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