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  1. jjje

    jjje One time I saw a guy wear cut-off jean shorts to d

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    If your budget can bear it, take the cruise! It's a great, great, great trip. Just maybe don't eat the tacos.

    I wish there was a way to refer to the adult activities on the ship without feeling like I'm talking about "adult activities". :rotfl:
     
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  3. ktb2002

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    Ok the machine in the bathroom totally cracks me up because I had the same thing happen at an airport (cant remember which one), next time we flew out of that airport I figured the machine was always like that too! And I'm anxiously awaiting the taco story, however I'm kind of glad too because I am eating tacos right now lol!
     
  4. pharmjenn

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    Perhaps because there weren't that many kids on our cruise, but we were never pressured to leave the club when collecting our son. Often he would be in the middle of a computer game, or group activity and I just stood to the side and watched/waited. So it was easy to see what the game was. It was only a minute or two, so not like I was in the club for long periods of time during secure sessions.

    I also think the tampon thing is funny. I never noticed any on the Wonder. At the hospital I work at, the machines are free, but they seem to rarely have any in them. So I am sure either people are taking lots and emptying them, or they just never restock.

    I also got my number called for Mouseketeer. It was near the end of our trip, and they let my DH come up with me. Thankfully my questions were fairly easy, but the CM was giving all sorts of hints, so it made it even easier. Love the little trophy they give out.

    No tacos on the Wonder, so waiting anxiously for your taco story...
     
  5. WonderTwinsMom

    WonderTwinsMom Earning My Ears

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    hi jen. congrats on your "retirement". thank you for sharing your cruise experience, especially all the details. i'm "bleeping" ;) enjoying the read. when you were researching for
     
  6. WonderTwinsMom

    WonderTwinsMom Earning My Ears

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    whoops...researching for the best price, what website were you on? did you book through a travel agent? we're foing on our first disney cruise wih our 2-year twins. they'll be celebrating their third bday on the cruise. they're excited, but i'm a little apprehensive travelling with the kids. i'm sure it'll be some kind of an "adventure".

    cheers
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  7. jjje

    jjje One time I saw a guy wear cut-off jean shorts to d

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    Here comes the taco story right now!

    I love the trophy too. We had a lot of fun trying to win different things but that was out favorite.

    A birthday cruise will be great fun! I booked right through Disney after I saw on a Disney new website that they were offering a kids sail free promotion. You won't be able to find anything cheaper than what Disney offers directly since they don't allow travel agents to offer discounts on their cruises. If you book with a travel agent they might be able to give you an onbaord credit but I don't know much about that since I prefer to do the booking myself.
     
  8. jjje

    jjje One time I saw a guy wear cut-off jean shorts to d

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    Castaway Cay day! Hooray! The fact that the forecast called for temps in the mid 60s wasn't enough to squelch our excitement about Castaway Cay. After all, we're from Minnesota. If the water wasn't frozen then it was warm enough for us to swim in. We should have picked up on the fact that something was wrong when we left our room that morning and noticed the boat still seemed to be moving. It seemed like we maybe should have been docked by that time but we weren't paying real close attention to the time so we just thought maybe we were a bit ahead of schedule and we would be up on deck in time to see the ship pull in.

    Sure enough when we got to Topsiders we could see Castaway Cay a little ways off. As we ate our breakfast we watched as the ship moved back and forth and back and forth. I told the kids they must be maneuvering to get ready to pull up to the dock. We ate quickly and went out on deck to watch. Just as we got in position there was an announcement over the speaker system. Because of high winds and strong currents they were unable to dock. The back and forth movements the boat had been doing earlier were cause my the water pushing the boat out of docking position. A big groan went up from the crowd. The captain told everyone he would try again in a couple of hours and in the meantime new Navigators would be passed out and new activities would be added.

    They printed those Navigators crazy fast because we got one as we were walking back to our room to drop our stuff beach stuff off. Jesse and J decided to spend a little time together (I think the Edge was having an open house at the time) and I decided to spend a little time with E in the Club during their open house.

    She liked showing off all the games she was so good at by now.

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    We had the place to ourselves.

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    After a while in the clubs we all decided to meet up for some family trivia in Diversions.

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    Oh Castaway Cay. We want to go to there.

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    More Beat Street
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    And a bathroom. Of course.
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    See those empty boxes by the trash can? That's the messiest we ever saw a bathroom during the whole cruise. They really do keep them neat and clean. Someone was probably restocking the tampon machine.

    We lost at trivia. Not shocking. I'm a little confused on what we did next because I have misplaced the extra Navigator we were given for this day. I think we went and did a craft in the Promenade Lounge. I got to chatting with a crew member who told me that if we were able to dock at Castaway Cay they probably wouldn't be serving lunch on the island. Since we were all a little hungry we decided to head up to deck nine to get a little something to eat while we waited for them to try to dock the ship again.

    I decided to get a taco.

    Now before I go any further I want to say that I have no complaints at all regarding any of the food service on the ship. The people making and serving the food were always friendly. I felt the like facilities were clean and well maintained. This was just pure bad luck.

    We all got our food and we started to eat. I'm enjoying my taco because it was delicious. All of the sudden I notice that there is a hair sticking out of my taco. A hair that is not mine. I pause in my chewing and consider what to do next. I decide "Ok, no huge deal. I just won't eat this taco." and I begin to chew again. Only there's something wrong. There is another hair in the bite of taco in my mouth and it's starting to go down my throat as I swallow. I managed to pull it out and inspect it and it was for sure not my hair. My appetite was gone and I didn't eat another taco for the entire cruise. :crazy2:

    Once I had untangled the hair from my tonsils we made our way up to deck ten to watch them try to dock again.

    So beautiful. So blue. So free of hair tacos.

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    I see you there, you beautiful island you.
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    I can see where I want to sit!
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    It's right there waiting for us.
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    And then, the saddest of all the things. Another announcement came on that they were unable to dock because of the currents. I stood there with my teeth all freshly flossed with someone else's hair and watched the island slip away.

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    I was as blue as the water.
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    The good news is that they had new Navigators to pass out almost instantly. They added an afternoon showing of Villains Tonight and an extra session of Bingo. I know it was a pretty big disappointment for everyone but most people handled it pretty well. Most people. I saw someone pitching a fit at guest services and our table mates told us about a woman who had called her daughter and demanded she call the attorney general. I think the vast majority of the people on board knew they did their best to get us on the island and when they couldn't they did their best to make up for it.

    As we sailed away from the island my husband shrugged and said "I guess we'll have to book another cruise and try again." :scared1: You could have knocked me over with a feather since I had to twist his arm to get him on the cruise in the first place. In spite of the currents and the hair taco we were still all having an awesome time. The kids didn't even really care that we never made it to Castaway Cay. They just knew they were having a great time on the ship and that we had another day of fun on the ship to enjoy.

    Next up: The rest of our unscheduled sea day and I eat something even grosser than a hair taco (on purpose!).
     
  9. dgmommie

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    We were on a Kids Sail Free cruise in February that we booked thru a travel agent after hearing about the promotion.
     
  10. LisaHK

    LisaHK Mouseketeer

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    Loving your report. I shouldn't have read the last update whilst eating lunch. :)
     
  11. nunzia

    nunzia You can't top pigs with pigs, but you CAN top Toys

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    I am not deterred from trying the tacos! Where did you get them? At the buffet or the little outdoor places? I haven't been on the Magic, only the Wonder, and don't recall ever seeing tacos.
     
  12. jjje

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    We booked ours ourselves but I imagine it was probably the same deal? TOo good to pass up. :)

    I just hope it wasn't a taco.

    I think it was Pluto's Doghouse (or whatever it's called) where you can get hot dogs and what not. They were good tacos and I enjoyed them until I didn't any more.
     
  13. jjje

    jjje One time I saw a guy wear cut-off jean shorts to d

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    In spite of the fact that we had to scrap Castaway Cay the weather wasn't too bad this day. In fact I think it was the warmest day we had on the whole cruise. E wanted to take advantage of the day and try out the pools. I took her to get her swimsuit on while Jesse took J to the Edge. (Jesse also stopped at Quiet Cove to get me a couple of pastries to snack on.)

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    The Mickey pool was not very crowded at all. (I know it's hard to tell with me blurring the picture so much.) The Goofy pool was a little more crowded but when E got a good look at it she decided to stick with the less busy Mickey pool.

    I sat on the pool edge to keep an eye on E and without even thinking about it started eating the snacks Jesse had brought back for me. I felt a little dumb when a crew member came by and very politely asked me to move away from the pool when I was eating. Whoops! Even with the best of intentions you can break the rules. The trick is to follow the rules once you know what they are. In my case I just crammed the rest of my food in my mouth. I am so many types of classy.

    After splashing around in the pool for a bit E decided to try out the water slide. It's a pretty tame slide but there is a satisfyingly large splash at the end so that made E happy enough to want to do the slide over and over and over and over.

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    Luckily the line for the slide was never more than a couple of kids long. It was pretty windy and when you got out of the pool the wind chilled you a little bit so I think that kept the line down a lot.

    After a nice long swim it was time to go back to the room and get ready for that night's show. The show for this night was Villains Tonight.

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    This show earned a pretty solid "meh" from Jesse and I but the kids both liked it. I thought there were a couple of funny jokes and some of the musical numbers were well done but overall the whole thing just seemed a little flat. I would probably skip this one if it was showing on our next cruise.

    After the show we had planned to play (or at least watch) Mickey Mania but on a whim we decided to give Bingo a try. We bought a $80 package that included regular paper cards for the Jesse and I to use and the electronic cards for the kids to use. During the Bingo session servers came around with free apple juice for the kids and free drinks for the adults. Some adults really really took advantage for the free drinks. A few people actually jumped up and grabbed them from the servers when they came out with the trays so if you were sitting at a table waiting to be served you kind of had to wait a while. Jesse and I were still able to get a couple of drinks each so it's all good.

    Bingo was ... interesting. The crew was lively and it seemed like they had a lot of running jokes with the Bingo regulars. They did drawings for extra prizes in between the Bingo sessions and that was nice. The funny thing was that one family won two of the Bingos AND two of the between session drawings. By the time they were collecting their third prize there was a noticeable chill in the air towards them. I don't think people who play a lot of Bingo like it when one group wins everything. We didn't win anything so we didn't really care either way. I think it was worth trying out to see what it was all about but we decided it wasn't really our thing. Maybe we would feel differently if we had won anything.

    Next up was dinner and this was our first night at Lumiere's. I had:
    Gaston's" Escargots Gratinés - I've never tried escargots before and it seemed like this was as good a time as any.
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    How can I describe it? Slimy mostly. Everyone at our table tried one (except for J) and everyone at our table (except for E who loved them) decided once was enough. The more you chewed them the chewier they got and that wasn't all together a pleasant sensation. I don't imagine I would ever order this again.
    Applewood Smoked Bacon and Wild Mushroom Tart - This was decent and did not leave a slimy sensation in my mouth.
    "Mrs. Potts" French Onion Soup - Yummy. I wish I had some of this in front of me right now.
    Three-Cheese Lobster Macaroni - This was my biggest disappointment in the MDRs. This should have been delicious but it really wasn't. It was dry and gummy. The sauce tasted like it had been thickened with flour and then not cooked enough to get the raw taste out. I should have asked for something different. (I know I could have but I didn't want to wait for something else to be brought out to me.)
    Lumiere's Sweet Temptations
    A Trio of Crème Brûlée, Chocolate Mousse and Praline Petite Choux - These were all good. I even liked the creme brulee even though I'm not usually a fan. I liked the dessert trios because it was a chance to try a little of several different things.

    We decided to head to bed early since the next day was our day at Disney World and we were scheduled to be on the earliest bus out.
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    We fell asleep the same way we did most nights on the ship - being serenaded by the sweet sounds of Mickey Mouse cartoons and letting the ship gently rock us off to sleep.

    Next time: Be Our Guest (after waiting in line forever).
     
  14. wgeo

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    Ooh I missed an update!

    The "I am so many types of classy" line was the best! Love it. The joys of motherhood!

    Ok so Escargot is our favorite food to talk about - the idea of it just grosses everyone out. I keep telling them that I'm going to order some so we can all try just because we can and everytime there is a trip report with a picture I call them over to look and tell them again that they should definately try them sometime. BUT everybody's pics are mainly just of the serving dish - you actually lifted one out and took a picture! That is awesome - except that know everyone is even more convinced that they're not trying them! :lmao:
     
  15. ukintheus

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    Just found your trip report and am subbing along. :thumbsup2 Great so far!! ::yes::
     
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    I am finding this to be one of the most bleeping entertaining TRs I have ever read.
     
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    I have been reading along from the beginning and am REALLY enjoying your trip report. I just had to share that I once had an unpleasant "hair" incident at a local restaurant. I found a hair in my chicken parm ... tried to convince myself that it was my own hair and move on. The next piece of chicken that I cut, clearly had the piece of hair under the chicken :eek: Yup, not eating any more thankyewverymuch.

    Now hurry back with more updates please :yay:
     
  18. DizDragonfly

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    Loving your trip report! We leave in 10 days for our 8-day on the Magic. Hoping for more of your report before we leave. :thumbsup2
     
  19. jjje

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    I was able to eat it because I wasn't really thinking about what it was but once it was in my mouth I kept picturing a big, fat, juicy snail crawling around. Put a damper on my enjoyment for sure. Still, I'm glad I tried it.

    Thank you! I'm glad to have you reading along. :)

    Bleep you very much. :thumbsup2

    Ugh. Gag for all the days. I don't know what it is about other people's hair that is so gross but it's really just the worst.

    If I do another update will you let me go on the ship with you? I miss the Magic.
     
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    jjje One time I saw a guy wear cut-off jean shorts to d

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    Our next day was the day we spent in Disney World. The park tickets were included in the price of the cruise. I should mention that we were just in Disney World for ten days not that long before this. We usually do Disney World in late September/ early October when there aren't a lot of crowds. We're a little spoiled when it comes to how we're used to experiencing Disney World. On out last trip to Disney World I took about 10000 pictures (no exaggeration) so I went a little easy on the camera during this trip and just tried to enjoy the day.

    We decided to stay at the Magic Kingdom the entire day and not park hop at all. We decided none of us were all that interested in dealing with getting from one park to another and that there was nothing at any of the other parks that we HAD to see. (Our table mates did three parks and I talked to a lady who's family had done all four but that just wasn't the pace we wanted to go at. More power to those people who have more energy than us!)

    Our day started with breakfast at Topsiders. We were scheduled for the earliest bus out to the Magic Kingdom and for once my family was on time. I don't remember much about the drive to the parks. I think they played cartoons and America's Funniest Videos. We got the park well ahead of the opening and found a good spot to stand and watch the little opening show they do at the at the train station.

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    I never get to see this show during our regular vacations because my family is so pokey. I'm always chomping at the bit to get to the parks and they're all sloooooowly getting ready and/or refusing to get out of bed. I love them but one of these times I'm going to leave the hotel without them. Anyway, the little show was neat and it was fun to see some characters you don't see a lot in the parks.

    Once we were allowed in we headed straight to Guest Services. J uses a Guest Assistance Card sometimes so we needed to get that right away. That took just a minute or two. I really can't say enough good things about how Disney handles guests with special needs. We've never gotten anything other than top notch treatment from them. :thumbsup2

    After taking care of business we hurried right over to Fantasyland. The last time we were in Disney World was right before the expansion opened up and we were eager to see what was new.

    Can you tell J is an Oswald fan?

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    The decor and themeing in this area is incredible. If I had a single complaint it would be that after you leave this area you end up thinking that the rest of the park needs to be updated. I feel like they really went all out to make you feel like you're in Belle's village. Big thumbs up from all of us. Plus there's just something magical about being in the park when the sidewalks are still wet. Weird but true right?

    Next we went to the Ariel ride. The line for this ride is great. There's a cute little game where you see crabs on screens run out with various objects and when you point at them they run away. I don't know how they do it but it's neat. The ride itself is very enjoyable as well. We rode it three times without having to wait in line at all.

    They ask you not to take any flash pictures (not that anyone listens to that rule) so I did my best to try and snap some flashless pictures. Every one I took made Ariel look stoned. :rolleyes2

    Ariel needs a nap.
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    There is an area where you can meet Ariel and since there was no line we decided to go in. J doesn't like characters but he wanted to see the set up of the area so he went in and then just hid behind me while E met Ariel.

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    The ladies who play Ariel always make a big deal out of E because of her red hair. Guess who E's favorite charterer is? :) This Ariel was no exception. She was lovely and spent a good long while chatting with E. J stood behind me and tried not to be seen.

    I'm sharing this picture so you can see a bit of the decorating around the Ariel ride. Also check out J's shirt because it is epic.
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    On out way out of that area we stopped at Gaston's Tavern to see what it looks like inside.
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    In case you're wondering, yes, they use antlers in all of their decorating!

    We also watched them work on the new Snow White ride for a bit.
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    Far be it from me to question their ride making process but it seemed like there was less working and more standing around happening up there. I'm sure they know what they're doing. I always have a hard time waiting for new rides. I want them to be done now.

    You can see Beast's castle in the mountains surrounding the Be Our Guest restaurant.
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    As I was taking this picture I heard a man ask a cast member if you were allowed to go in the castle so I guess that forced perspective thing really works on some people.

    On the walls surrounding the new Snow White ride all a bunch of spots you can peek in at what they are doing. It's a good photo op.
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    After this we did all the other rides in Fantasyland. There was still almost no line for anything. I think we only had to use J's GAC card once or twice. We've done Disney often enough to know what lines are problematic for him and what ones we can do. Just in case anyone is wondering using a GAC does not get us on to the rides without waiting in line. It just means we use an alternate entrance so we can avoid the crowded back and forth lines that so many rides have. These make J extremely anxious and without the GAC he would not be able to do a lot of the rides at Disney World. Sometimes the GAC means our wait time is shorter but it can also mean a longer wait time in a more open area. We have gotten some flack from guests who don't understand why we need the card and who think we're skipping the lines but I really think if people understood how the card works and why they need it they would be a little kinder.

    After we had done everything there was to do in Fantasyland the kids really wanted to go on the Ariel ride again. After that we stopped back in Gaston's to get a snack.

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    The kids split a cinnamon roll that was about the size of my head. They reported that it was very good.

    Jesse had a pork shank. He said it was good. I had a piece and thought it was kind of bland and greasy. I don't really like pork in general though.
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    I had a chocolate croissant.
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    This was really, really, really good. I came thisclose to ordering a second. The only thing that stopped me was remembering all the free food back "home" on the ship. I'm too budget conscience for my own good.

    Next up we hit several of our favorite rides. In Tomorrowland: Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear (several times), the Tomorrowland Transit Authority and the Stitch ride which E loves for some reason. While were in in line for that we chatted a bit with a father and daughter who were on our cruise.

    In Adventureland: The Jungle Cruise and Aladdin's Magic Carpets.

    After we did the Haunted Mansion I got it into my head that I really, really, really wanted to eat lunch at the Be Our Guest restaurant. I knew there was a crazy line because we had passed it a few times already but I was able to convince my family we should do it since it was the only thing at the park I really wanted to try. I don't think any of them were all that excited but they agreed to humor me and we hoofed it back over to the Fantasyland. This was probably not my wisest decision.

    I'm going to quit here and start up in another post. I'm paranoid about my laptop crashing and losing all my work. More to follow in a bit. :wave2:
     
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    It was around this time that I started to notice the park was getting crowded. J was getting anxious and really needed a break and some quiet time. I hedged my bets and hoped that he would be ok if we could just get in to the restaurant and sit down. Bad news! There was a wait of 45 minutes just to get in. We decided to wait it out. I'll spare you the details but to suffice it to say that J was not happy. I'm not sorry that we waited since I knew this would be our only chance to try the new restaurant but I do with the wait had been a bit less ... intense.

    At one point I was considering trying to hide in the castle.
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    He knows what I'm talking about.

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    The outside of the restaurant is gorgeous and looks a lot like the castle in the movie.
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    Awesome lions
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    Getting inside didn't mean the end of the line. There was still a good amount of waiting to do.
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    Being out of the sun helped some and there was a lot to look at. Every inch of the place is covered in intricate detail.
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    This gargoyle was doing a pretty good impression of J.
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    There were two rows of these suits of armor and they talked to each other and snored. That was kind of fun to hear and it even cheered J up a bit.

    At last we got to the front of the line. It turns out the kiosks where you order were not working that day and they had to take everyone's order by hand. *sad trombone* So that explained the wait. It turns out they weren't even using one of the three dining rooms that day. The hold up was just with the ordering system. Oh well.

    We were seated in the ballroom portion of the restaurant. It was just lovely. I think we were all instantly in a better mood once we were sitting down.
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    Our waiter spoke to us in an over the top French accent. A little cheesy but fun. It made us all smile. Also making us smile were the babies painted on the ceiling.
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    While we waited for our food to arrive the kids and I went into the West Wing to look around and take a picture or two. I didn't use my flash because I didn't want to disturb the other diners so my pictures are not very good.
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    We got a picture of the enchanted rose but it might be the worst picture I have ever taken in my life so I'm not sharing it. It's neat to see the rose though.

    We went and sat back down just as our food was arriving. We all enjoyed what we ordered. I have heard some complaints that the food (especially on the kid's menu) is too "fancy" but we all really enjoyed it. I would rate the lunch as just a little more extravagant than what you can get anywhere else in the park but it's nothing crazy. It's not chicken fingers and fries and we liked that.

    We were seated right by a window and we watched it "snow" as we ate.
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    After we were done we snuck into the unused dining room to take a couple more pictures. This is probably the least interesting of the rooms but it's still beautiful. The main attraction here is the giant music box with life sized figures.
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    There are also paintings and tapestries on all the walls.
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    We all felt refreshed and happy after our meal so we were ready to tackle the park again. It was really crowded at this point and there were times where it was difficult to walk. We hit the Haunted Mansion again because it is a favorite of everyone in our family.
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    Next was Frontierland. I'm not sure what was going on there but the crowds were really, really heavy. There were cast members trying to get people to stick to the right side of the path. We shuffled along for a long without moving very far.
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    J handled it like a champ. He had earplugs in so that helped. Once we were able to wiggle over to Big Thunder we rode it about half a dozen times. In my mind this is the perfect Disney ride. I never get sick of it.

    After this we went back to Adventureland to do more of the rides we had missed before.
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    The alternate entrance for the Pirates of the Caribbean. We were led past a sort of work area with tools and paint buckets all over the place. There was also a big stinky dumpster. It seemed weird and un-Disney.

    After this we walked around the circle of the park again hitting all the rides the kids requested we do again. We were having fun but around 7:00 we all just hit a wall. We had done everything we wanted to do and we really just wanted to get back on the ship. I said something I have never before said on any Disney vacation: "I want to go now. I'm ready to be done." Jesse was shocked since I'm usually the one wanting to stay at the parks until I'm kicked out. We started making our way to the exit but it was slow going since everyone was lining up for the Main Street Electrical Parade. We actually ended up getting so stuck on Main Street that we just ended up staying there and watching the parade. That was fun but when it was done we all REALLY wanted to get out.

    We made our way back to the bus depot. As we got in line we were handed bottles of cold water. I think we only waited for about 5 minutes before a bus pulled up. We didn't get on that one but it was only another 5 minutes or so before another bus pulled up. We got on that one and watched as another cruise bus pulled in right behind us.

    The ride back was quiet. The kids both fell asleep. Soon were were pulling into the port. We almost had to drag the kids off the bus because they were so tired. As we walked onto the ship we ran into our stateroom hostess walking off in her street clothes. Even though she was off duty she stopped and greeted us.

    When we walked onto the ship Minnie was waving hello and greeting everyone. E was overcome by exhaustion and she suddenly started crying and just collapsed into Minnie's open arms. It was adorable/hilarious/sweet and I'm kicking myself for not pulling out my camera. Minnie rubbed E's back and patted her head and was very sweet to her. After a while we were able to pull E away from (I'm certain what was a very confused) Minnie.

    We went to Topsiders for a little late dinner. While we were there we all got a little slaphappy and started giggling at the stories we could hear a man at the table next to us telling. We just couldn't stop laughing. I'm sure the people around us thought we were nuts.

    Dinner must have woke the kids up a bit because they both asked to go to the clubs when we were done eating. We took them and they both stayed for about an hour before wanting to be picked up. Jesse and I sat on the deck and sipped coffee while we waited for them to call us.

    We went to bed that night worn out but happy. We also were secure in the knowledge that our usual plan of visiting Disney World during the off-season was the right way for us to go. It had been a fun day but man, were we ever tired!
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    The simplest towel animal ever greeted us. We all fell asleep quickly with Mickey Mouse cartoons playing quietly in the background.

    Up next: Pirates! Pictionary! Poodles! (not really)
     

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