How EMH saved our trip-Doing the World on West Coast Time! Completed. Stop by my PTR!

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  1. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

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    Finally it was time to go in

    We had FABULOUS seats. I had elected to to the Cat 1 seating at the later show. While 9:30 sounds awfully late to eat....to our tummies it was still 6:30 PST so it was perfect.

    First off, salad, cornbread and some drinks. Scrooge and I each opted for wine as the beer (included beer) offerings were scary to us. And, while they also offered sangria...nothing makes a worse headache than bad sangria so we decided to play it safe.

    According to the table next to us, the Sangria was quite good but we stuck to red wine. Tink was pretty sure she saw the cute boy from the WL pool but, we'll never know. She at least had something to look at if she didn't like the show.

    We were excited to have salad, we hadn't had any all week. The great thing about HDDR's food is it just keeps coming, as much as you want. We had seconds on Salad.

    Hey! Where's mine?
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    The salad vultures.
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    Our table

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    While salad was coming around, the show started
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    Hey, there are people around our table! This threw Steven off at first

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    It was true old fashioned review. And it was hysterical. The kids were cracking up left and right the entire time.

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    While the show continued...so did the food.

    mmmnnn, Ribs!

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    Ahhh! fried chicken!

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    There was also mashed potatoes and baked beans. The food was good. Was it earth shattering? No but the cornbread and chicken in particular hit the spot for me and Scrooge had thirds on the spuds :) Comfort food, nothing like it!

    Now, the HDDR would not be complete without

    Napkin Waving!

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    Apparently Goofy was hitting Wall-E in the face with his napkin. A little over excited napkin waving I guess!

    As the main course drew to a close, it became clear, it was time for dessert. But where was our waiter?
     
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  3. cjackearl

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    We LOVED this show!! Like you guys, we laughed often and much. We'd definitely go again. What is it with WDW and napkin twirling? Don't they know its a dangerous sport?:rotfl:
     
  4. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

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    No kidding! I think it should be called napkin whacking. Because more often than not you are getting whacked in the head by the napkin next you. It could take an eye out! Thank goodness Wall-E had glasses on lol. It could have been ugly.

    I was really worried that the tween and teen would think it was stupid. One of the reviews I read before it said their 15 year old laughed so hard soda came out their nose. That did it for me. And while they didn't laugh QUITE that hard, they were rolling, for sure.

    Completely worth the 2 TS credits!
     
  5. Happydog

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    Just finished the rest of your updates, so now I am caught up! ;)

    The hoop de doo looks like a great time, and we were considering it for our Dec trip, b/c it seems so festive! Glad to know the food was pretty good too...

    Great comments about Roaring Forks CS, I think they do a good job with burgers, too! I agree with the CS credits... we had to try and use them up the last day since we had a few extras... though we did discover a CS breakfast burrito at the Contemporary, along with nice beverage choices to select from ... It was really pretty good!

    Hey that Train event is wild! What fun... I had heard they were remaking the movie -- I wonder if it is coming to our neck of the woods or already passed us by! I will go check that link :thumbsup
     
  6. Angies1274

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    I'm all caught up.:goodvibes Last day at MK is always so sad:sad2: There were many rides/shows we missed last year including the parades and fireworks. But just like your kids, my boys declared that MK was their most favorite park!!:goodvibes It must be the Disney Magic..pixiedust:

    Your family photo at HDDR turned out great!!:thumbsup2 HDDR looks like so much fun and the food so yummy!! Definitely something my boys would enjoy.;)
     
  7. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

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    Chicken eaten.

    Potatoes inhaled.

    Wine savored. (Free always tastes better and "included" feels like free on the DDP!)

    Napkins twirled.

    Plates had been cleared.

    No eyes had been lost.

    But where where was our waiter?


    Our CM was a hoot and we enjoyed him every time he came by.

    Apparently it was time for dessert. Much Hooping onstage about it.

    Oh wait! There he is!

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    Complete with a can can kick!


    Ok, I knew it was a musical review.

    I knew the audience got involved.

    I didn't expect dancing waiters.
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    Only in Disney could CM's be dancing and serving Strawberry Shortcake and having SO much fun doing it.

    I just found the perfect post retirement job for my dad!;)

    Now that he's done with the census (which makes him sad). From Church plays to the HDDR. It's such a perfect fit I can't stand it.

    Wall-E Not big on Strawberry Shortcake but MAN I love the whip cream!


    Just give me a plate of that!
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    Can I play the washboard with this spoon mom? Ugh, ok, I'll give it to Wall-E...I can't stand whipped cream.
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    no way dude, this one's mine!
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    I'm going in anyway!
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    This teen just hated it

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    So glad he's not too cool for the HDDR! Too funny, looking at this picture I thought for sure he bought that necklace at AK, the next day but now looking....I think he got it at MK on the way out of the park. Now I recall that there WAS "real" shopping involved on the slow walk out from BTMRR. And if memory serves we were telling him there would be many such items at AL...lol! In retrospect it occurs to me...he wanted to WEAR it to AK...hence "needing" to buy it before.

    It was a wonderful wonderful evening. While the kids collectively still felt that Teppan Edo was their favorite all around...this came in a close second!

    Next...the last day!


    Some Yaking

    Some Yetting

    Locally anyway

    Wild Animals

    African Amber

    Will Tink survive EE?

    Dinosaur?

    What will happen if her hair gets wet?

    Will "I" get a souvenir? or go home empty handed?

    and Boma!
     
  8. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

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    Your boys are a great age for the HDDR, they would love it!
     
  9. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

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    The Fort is SO cool at Christmas...You should do it! I would love to see the decorations there :)

    If FW would have had CS available, we'd have easily used them up on breakfast items but they don't even really have any snack items to speak of. It is a huge hole! We skipped the TS there, while it sounds good it's been getting mixed reviews but the shows both seem to do really really well. Kind of sad really, they assume people will travel to the Fort for Mickey Backyard BBQ and the HDDR but don't give the people actually staying there much to choose from. It is a mod and should have the same type of food selections as the other mods. It's my only real complaint. It's like saying that all DVC locations shouldn't have access to a CS location because they have kitchens. That said, it wouldn't stop me from staying there again!
     
  10. TarzansKat

    TarzansKat Not all treasure is silver and gold, mate.

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    Oh, what a great time! I feel like I was there with you. It brings back memories, it really does. :goodvibes
     
  11. KathyRN137

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    Hooray for the Hoop-Dee-Doo!! :yay: I just love it!

    Glad your worries about the teens not enjoying it were unfounded!

    Our (then) 16-year old loved it, too!


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  12. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

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    We'll definitely do it again, it would be fun with a big group!

    me too....nice to see that silly 11 year old is lurking in there somewhere...I love it when he pops out to say hi.
     
  13. SunnieRN

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    What a great update!! HDDR is on our list to do after both boys are over 3!! Man the food looked good! I'd read some not so great reviews, but the chicken looks really yummy!! I am oposite from you. Red wine straight gives me a terrible headache, but if I don't have too much I can drink sangria, yummm! Lookimg forward to hearing about your AK day.
     
  14. MEK

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    We did HDDR in 2005 before they had the different categories of seating. I remember getting a table right behind the piano player, although the balcony looked pretty cool. Back then you were seated according to when you booked. I booked pretty early. My kids loved it and DS 16 has asked to go back. Unfortunately we haven't since for various reasons. It was an enjoyable show and I recall the sangria as being pretty good! :rotfl:

    Your DS16 looks very handsome in his pictures! And the younger boys seemed to be enjoying themselves! Where is Tink? Hiding from the camera?

    Looking forward to reading about your AK day.
     
  15. eandesmom

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    The dark meat was better than the white, the white was a wee bit dry. Of course for me (who generally avoids friend chicken but LOVES it and prefers the dark meat anyway, it's always less dry!) the best part is the fried part so....:rotfl2: If memory serves we had a second bucket of everything except the baked beans. It was good. It wasn't outstanding but it was good, basic, picnic comfort food. Which, after several fancier meals was good. Especially for Steven and Tink who are a bit more "conservative" shall we say in their food exploration.

    Our seats were outstanding. Right in the middle, about 2 tables back from the stage. Just close enough without being too close. The guy they picked to the be fairy was one table over from us.

    I love those pictures of Steven, we have it framed and up in a couple of spots in the house. I smile when I look at it. Not only does he look great but he's happy, wearing his MK necklace and his Epcot pin. (Whereas Tink wanted a lanyard and pins but then wouldn't wear it if I wasn't wearing one...and I don't have one...meant to get one...didn't find one I liked). He just looks happy and self assured and grown up, but in a good way.

    Not bad for a kid who was "too old and wouldn't like it" according to his mom. I really wouldn't mind letting him bring a friend next time. I don't see it in the cards but....

    Tink was sitting next to me, you catch her sleeve and the side of her face in one of the pictures. Awkward angle!

    Lots of pics of her at AK though!

    Ok you guys...next time I will try the Sangria! :)
     
  16. burly

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    Still loving the TR.:thumbsup2
    Love love the hoop de doo. Go everytime we are in WDW. Funny stuff. :rotfl2:
     
  17. lisalonglash

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    What wonderful updates! :banana: The HDDR looks like so much fun and I'm glad that you all enjoyed it lots :goodvibes The food looks pretty good, but I'm guess the entertainment is what "makes the meal" there :thumbsup2 Can't wait for the next update!!! popcorn::
     
  18. SLM

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    I'm really enjoying your trip report! I've read quite a bit of it together, and considering you were traveling at a very busy time of year with six people (two of them being teenagers!) I think you got an amazing amount of things done! Looking forward to the AK update-like Tink I need alot of info before I go on a ride and EE scares me a little-I've made up my mind to ride it this August, but I'll be glad to read her take on it! :)
     
  19. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

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    :)

    Yes, the entertainment, the crowds reaction, the overall ambiance :)

    Thanks! I'm almost the opposite...better off not knowing. Which is how Scrooge got me on this ride once.

    X-Scream - A giant teeter-totter that propels you 27 feet over the edge of the Tower, 866 feet above the ground.

    :scared1:OMG:scared1:

    NEVER again!

    lol
     
  20. OneTreeHillAddict

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    Thanks for the review on HDD...we're going there for the first time in Sept. Only problem...my son will not eat a single thing on that menu! I'm going to call and see if they can get him pizza fro Trail's End. If not I'll cancel him and let him hang with my sister. He's the pickiest eater in the World and I can't swallow $60+ for hi to just sit there. I think the rest of us will enjoy it though.
     
  21. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

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    Yeah, that would be brutal. I know they are great about dietary restrictions and the like but not sure about "outside" food, even if it is only outside food from TE or Crocketts!

    He's not really $60 though...if you are on the DDP it's 2 kid TS or if OOP I think it's $26-31 depending on the category.

    He won't eat strawberry shortcake?
     

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