Discussion in 'Completed Trip Reports' started by cdotla, May 23, 2010.
Trish ~ I absolutely LOVE your Christmas card...how beautiful!!!
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Had a great trip! Absolutely loved MNSSHP. Had I known that I would like it so much I may have planned to attend 2X!!! Spend Canadian Thanksgiving with friends in Homestead FL. They were kind enough to surprise us with a thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings, I was realy touched!!!
Did I read correctly??? Did Katie start her riding lessons??? If that is correct, I am soooo excited for her! As I told you, I will be living vicariously through her since my DD wants nothing to do with horses!
I'm in. Awesome TR. !!
HI!!! I am back and all caught up (read my PTR for my reasons for being away )
I loved your EPCOT day! The kids (and shopping hubby) seem to have a blast! What a neat DISMeet too!
I am SO happy you reviewed San Angel Inn! My DH has really wanted to try that, but we are always scared to. Thanks!
Beautiful Christmas cards! Just love them. Also, how cool of those people to be paddling in pumpkins! WOW! Can't wait to read about Jiko!
Please will you continue your report. I'm obsessed with how it all ends!
I am right there with you on plotting out in great detail outfits for a family photo shoot. As it turned out, we had to make a last-minute change for ours, but sounds like you will be smarter than I was and have a warm weather and cooler weather option.
Have fun at Secretariat tomorrow! Believe it or not, Katie and I are going for the 2nd time tomorrow too with some friends who haven't yet seen it. You will LOVE it!!!
Hey Katie!!! Good to hear from you again! You are right - it is a little ironic to see a donut chain sponsoring a half marathon!
I will have to get back over to your TR to hear all about your meal at Jiko. I have not been on here much lately. I guess a trip to Disney is a good excuse to be absent.
Thanks Queen!!! I am so looking forward to getting caught up on trip reports...and yours tops the list! Hopefully in another week or so things will be back to normal. I was out of the office for 6 days and just back so things are still a little crazy.
Sorry you didn't enjoy your meal at San Angel. We loved it. I can see if you are going in expecting TexMex, you would be disappointed. We really like authentic Mexican food and enjoyed our meals quite a bit.
Thanks for the comments on the cards....I actually had them mailed to me at the Beach Club of all places since they don't yet ship the cards to Canada. I just picked them up Monday and they look great. I will take some photos over the next few days and repost them so you can see!
I would love to see your cards Amanda!!!
I think American Adventure is a must-do. Especially if you are American! While I like Hall of Presidents, AA is far more moving and poignant IMO.
Thank you! I will try to post pictures of the other cards in the next few days.
You are too funny! We certainly missed you girls at our Cinco Meet!
As for the sweaters....yes, we definitely get our cold days up in Atlantic Canada. But because we are surrounded by the ocean, our temperatures tend to be warmer than inland areas...like NH! Sorry!
In all seriousness, I would guess our temps are pretty comparable. But DH always seems to be on the hot side of comfortable, even in the dead of winter.
Sorry for the delay....I have been away. I will be sending out the codes to everyone tomorrow or Saturday!
Thanks Michelle! It was a great little trip, even if it was a quick one!
Thanks for posting! So glad to have you here! I will have an update or two up over the weekend.
No kidding! I was at MNSSHP on Oct.17th? Were you there too by chance???
Yes, Katie started her lessons and has been absolutely loving riding! Actually we are both enjoying it - I am riding with her!
Oh Katie....I assumed quite incorrectly that you were busy (in a good way)with life all this time. I just read your PTR for the update. How terrible! I am so, so sorry!!!
We have had a number of things come up recently with our house too. The list includes replacement of both fireplaces (Chris is convinced the masonry is failing and possibly causing water leaks into both chimneys) and installation of a steel roof (Chris is convinced the 15 yr old asphault shingles are at their limit and is keen on a steel roof as we are right on the ocean and get blasted by strong winds and salt), plus replacement of the patio doors off our kitchen and master bedroom. Major, major, major expenses. I was feeling sorry for myself as I have also been questioning whether an October family trip at the BC is really in the cards next year. Then I read your update and felt absolutely sick for you and immediately stopped feeling sorry for myself. I am so glad that you are still going in December. You will definitely need this trip and I am so happy that you are still taking it!
Don't worry...I may not be as fast in writing this report as I have been in the past, but it definitely won't be abandonned. If you can stick with me, I promise I will finish. I was away for 6 days, and I am just coming up for air, and still very much in the process of catching up at work and at home.
However, I should have an update or two to throw up sometime over the weekend.
Love your christmas cards.....glad that your photo session worked out so well for you.
Did you have a nice time away?
Hi Trish! I know I've been MIA from the DIS the past few months but I'm back and I just spent the morning catching up on your TR!! I can't wait to read more and see how your birthday dinner goes! And I LOVE your Christmas cards!! WOW! You are ahead of the game! I will be rushing to get ours done when we get back from our trip since I want to use pics from our trip with all of the Christmas decorations! Oh--and I wanted to add that I just ADORE Katie's Tiana custom--BEAUTIFUL!!
All caught up now!
LOVE the updates and the kids' J&J pumpkin outfits!!
Thanks! And I had a great time. Very short trip, but lots of fun!
Well hey stranger! Glad to see you back here! Can't wait to see your Christmas cards...I love all the cards people use from their holiday trips to Disney!
So sorry you missed the headless horseman. You are right - that is a very good reason to return!
Yay for your 100th post!
Birthday Dinner at Jiko
After my lovely afternoon solo jaunt through Worldshowcase, I came back to a content and well-rested family lounging in the villa watching some Disney cartoons.
When I arrived home I was presented with a card from my family and a Disney shopping bag. Inside were these:
A Mickey dishtowel and antenna topper! Of course, I knew my SIL had something to do with these gifts, as just two nights earlier I had been standing in line at World of Disney with these exact items but gave up as a result of the long wait.
I also received a card from my MIL, SIL and nephews for a pedicure at either of the Niki Bryan spas at WDW.
After the cards and gifts were opened, I jumped into the shower and quickly got ready for dinner. Then, we were off...to Animal Kingdom Lodge and our first experience at Jiko! I couldn't wait!!!
Once again, it was great to see the cousins bonding together on this trip.
This restaurant was absolutely gorgeous. Unfortunately, my photos don't do it justice. I either didn't use flash, and got blurry images like this:
Or I flash lit all the details out of the photos like this:
So you will just have to take my word for it!
To start, I ordered the mussels. Really good, except that my bread was a little burnt. As I need to have bread when eating a dish like this, I have to admit it took some of the pleasure away from some otherwise delicious mussels.
Chris, on the other hand, hit the jackpot by ordering the Taste of Africa breads and dips. This was absolutely delicious. I could never come here again without getting this:
Here is a sampling of the many delicious meals that were served to us that evening:
And the kids' meals:
For dessert, they brought out a special card and dessert for me, (which I gave away to one of my nephews as I had already ordered my dessert):
The kiddos had super-fantastic sundaes:
Delicious! Three mini donuts.
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After dinner, we spent some time exploring the Lodge, watching the animals, and speaking to the wonderful CMs.
Of course, the pool was fabulous:
As was the kids' playground:
As it was the last night that we would be all together as my SIL and her boys were leaving early the next morning, we also took some time for some more group photos:
Although I had plans of watching Illuminations that night from inside Worldshowcase, unfortunately everyone was too tired by the time we arrived back at the Beach Club. However, I was able to convince my SIL to head back out with me to Downtown Disney for a little more shopping before her trip came to and end. And of course, we also enjoyed another Ghiradelli sundae!
UP NEXT: Relaxing at the Beach Club
what a perfect birthday meal!!
Your food photos make me want to add Jiko to our 'potential ADRs for honeymoon trip' list
I ate there about 10 years ago with my family - we had the most amazing server, she actually sat down at the table with us & chatted like we were good friends only at Disney, lol.
Wasn't Jiko great?! It definitley was added to my list of favorite places to eat after Mom and I ate there in May.
All of the photos that I tried to take inside the restaurant turned out just like yours. Those light fixtures are so cool too, I really wanted to try and get a shot of them, it just wasn't meant to be.
Great family pics, you all are one beautiful group!
Day 8: Relaxing at the Beach Club
Apart from our Beach Day on the Gulf Coast, this was the first day we decided not to enter a theme park in the morning. We enjoyed a leisurely breakfast from the Beach Club Marketplace and Boardwalk Bakery (grabbing the best stuff from each place), and then head out to soak up the sun at Stormalong Bay.
This was exactly what we needed. It was my MIL's last day with us, so it was nice to enjoy some quiet, relaxing time with her before she flew home. I even took both kids to the kiddie area for quite awhile to give Chris and his mom some time to relax together.
Just before noon, we gathered up our things, showered, and got ready to venture over to Epcot. We had a lunch reservation at Coral Reef, which again would prove to be another favourite from our trip. It is also one that gets very mixed reviews on the Disboards. If there is one thing I have learned from all of my trips to Disney is that you really have to try things out for yourself.
We LOVED Coral Reef. Everything about it...from the theming, the decor, the server, and our food.
Here is Chris' appetizer:
And my MIL's:
I just ate one of the kid's veggie plates:
The kids each got pizza:
Chris & I got the Mahi-Mahi:
And his mother got the lobster raviolli:
Trust me...this photo simply does not do this dish justice. I was offered a taste and couldn't believe how wonderful it was! I had been perfectly happy with my Mahi-Mahi...until I tasted that lobster raviolli. Chris and I have this place top on our list for a return visit!
Even the desserts here were delicious:
After lunch, we ventured over to Nemo, took a spin in the clamshells, and then visited Bruce:
Did I mention Chris has a strange interest in sharks? No trouble getting a picture taken here!
After that, we headed over to Journey into Imagination with Figment. I hadn't been on this in years.
It was cute, and the kids enjoyed it. And best of all - no line!
After that, we headed over to take a boat ride across World Showcase Lagoon. But first...more Flower & Garden photos:
Once docked, we were headed to Japan's Mitsukoshi store to do some shopping, and to pick a pearl!
UP NEXT: Picking a Pearl in Japan
Jiko continues to be very, very good IMO. I think after 10 yrs, you are well overdue for a return visit!
Thanks Michelle! Glad you and your mom liked it as well. I really haven't heard too many negative things at all about this place!
Ok, this is my first time commenting on your tr but I have followed it along from the beginning! First, the title makes me laugh everytime! A Disney resistant husband! Love it! I don't know what I'd do if my DH was resistant! I've officially trained him that Disney is our only vacation spot. He's onboard now, after about 3 Disney trips. Although he did give me a scare when he suggested we go to the beach instead next year. I about had a heart attack and then gently reminded him of all the fun Disney has been in the past for us. Whew! Crisis averted!
Your kids are adorable and it looks like you had an amazing time together. And how fun to have that special alone time at Epcot that you did. A little slice of heaven, right? I've really been enjoying your updates! Great job!
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