Mr. and Mrs. Weak Sauce Go the Distance (a completed Disneymoon TR!)

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  1. RachelNinja

    RachelNinja Sometimes I'd rather live in VMK than in real life

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    Let It Blow Your MIND!

    During our April trip with my parents, I had Howard experience this attraction for the first time ever. I told him that it would blow his mind, but he wasn't sure if I was being serious or sarcastic.

    VIDEO: The Attraction That'll Blow Your Mind

    There really are no words for Captain EO! We did end up just missing the start of the previous show, but we were in no rush to go anywhere so we just decided to sit down against the wall and relax a bit.

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    Can't you just feel the slightly outdated color scheme and design?

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    I have to say though that it's really an awesome attraction, haha. I think it's much better than "Honey, I Shrunk the Audience."

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    I just love how nonsensical the plot is and how serious Michael Jackson is when he's in a cast with the weirdest creatures ever!

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    VIDEO: Waiting for Captain EO

    Time for the Pre-Show! I like all the background, behind-the-scenes footage that they showed.

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    We were let into the theater, and I was so excited for all the special effects! I do yelp a bit when you feel the air that's supposed to be the whips around your legs. I also really love the fact that the entire theater bounces in tune to the song. After we saw this show for the first time together in April, we had to listen to it on YouTube once in a while because it was just so catchy! I highly recommend experiencing this if you haven't before even just for nostalgic reasons.

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    After our own minds were blown, we walked around and saw a CM change the Wait Time for the Character Spot. Howard had thought about waiting in that line to get the autographs of the Fab 5 on a big white Vinylmation figurine, but the line was never short enough during our trip.

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    We instead headed to Innoventions to check out the Sum of All Thrills!

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    I got super excited that they had formulas written on the glass. It's kinda difficult to see, but there's the formula for the circumference of a circle = 2 x pi x radius (or it could just be pi x diameter). I try to get my students to memorize the formulas and NOT mix them up, but there are always a select few who choose not to take the time to memorize it even when there are the fun ways to review it like, "Cherry Pie's Delicious" (C = pi x diamenter) and "Apple pies are too" (A = pi x radius squared).

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    Anyway, we were excited to get our ride on and not really worry about mathematical formulas, haha. I knew for sure that I did not want to do anything crazy, of course, so no flips or loops!

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    There was a tiny bit of a wait but nothing like what we saw during our Christmas trip!

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    Plus, you get to wait right next to the windows and watch other riders. It's crazy seeing how some people just have loop after loop as they get turned upside down!

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    We were cut off from making it into the room to hear the pre-show spiel.

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    The pre-show is hilarious if you haven't seen it before. The guy who looks a bit like Chandler from Friends has the creepiest eyebrows! They are just way too perfect and plucked. After you listen to the explanation, you are let into the Design lab, which you can see to the left of the room. You have a certain amount of time to design your ride and see if it'll work out. The faster you work, the faster you can go up to wait in line for one of the Kuka arms.

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    We had a really fun ride even though we chose the bobsled (the calmest choice). It was still a thrill for me! I have to say that I get the slightest bit nervous about this ride because of the role it played in Kingdom Keepers though! Haha, even though it was in Disney Quest (from what I remember), it was still the same ride and someone bumped into the protagonists and switched their rider card! I hold on to that baby like there's no tomorrow! Don't want any Overtakers to give us a crazy ride where the emergency stop won't work! Haha, hope I didn't spoil it for anyone!
     
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  3. livsmom04

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    A trip to DC is awesome! I used to live in that area and there is a lot of things to do there! The zoo is free because you can take the metro over there and I think the walk was a few blocks there. Not too bad. My dd and I went with one of my friends there and the walk there was great but with 5 kids the walk back was torture to them. Lol. Baltimore is another great place to go. I'm looking forward to the beach this year plus there is a lot to do in Myrtle Beach and we love camping there too.
     
  4. Curiouser&curiouser!

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    We have never seen Captain EO. It looks like fun! I had no idea that the whole theater bounced to the beat!

    I haven't managed to do Sum of All Thrills yet either. I really enjoy thrill rides, but I can't take it if it is just one after another and another. I don't think I could do loop after loop! That's the beauty of Disney. Lots of great rides with a few thrills sprinkled in!
     
  5. Bridora

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    I enjoyed following along on your Christmas trip via Facebook and Instagram!


    We love Sum of All Thrills, too! The kids try to put as many inversions as they can!


    I can remember reciting "A pie are square?!" to remember the formula for area of a circle when I was younger. Silly, I know!


    We usually always find time to visit Figment - especially during Evening Extra Magic Hours when there is no line at all!
     
  6. rachel09985

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    Hi!

    I loved all your comments on my instagram pics :) I am actually trading with someone in CA! So weird but fun!

    I rode Sum of all Thrills for the first time ever! I really liked it! I chose the coaster with upside down motions! it was intense!
     
  7. Lovemy3babes

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    I found your TR today and have read the whole thing! Thanks so much for the handy links. :thumbsup2

    Your wedding was beautiful and your trip has gotten off to a wonderful start. What a perfect place to celebrate your honeymoon. I'll be reading along! :)
     
  8. RachelNinja

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    I think all those museums and the monuments and the zoo would be FABULOUS! Do you know of any good (inexpensive!) places to eat in the area? I'm so used to only planning Disney vacations, haha. It's so easy to choose restaurants in WDW and to look up info and reviews of places there that I don't know how to plan vacations elsewhere! What do you like to do in Baltimore?

    We're not beach people or we'd definitely do that too! It'd be fun to have a relaxing trip. Don't get me wrong; I LOVE Disney! But I love that there are other options since WDW is not an option this year as I know it isn't for you either. It's nice to be "forced" to enjoy other things too, haha.

    Yeah! The bouncing to the music is really fun! It's definitely an 80s song, but I think that's what makes it so much fun because it reminds me of my childhood too!

    Seriously, loop after loop would get me so sick! That's why we picked the bobsled with NO loops, haha. It was still enough thrill for me! I definitely think Thunder Mountain is enough of a thrill for me! I don't need to deal with anything crazier than that. I like being able to laugh and see everything on a ride.

    Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it. I wish I could've had a TON more pictures and updates during those last 3 days instead of posting all those pictures of soup, haha.

    Haha, I wonder if my kids will be into crazy rides too because Howard and I will definitely not be able to take them! We need a fun aunt or uncle, haha.

    There's something just great about the corniness of Figment! Plus, I love those ride vehicles!

    I L-O-V-E-D seeing all your pictures! Since I ended up getting sick at the end of my December trip, I feel like I didn't get to end on a good note. Then when I got back home, I was still sick (still have a slight cough even now but finally starting to feel back to normal!), so I couldn't even enjoy Disney memories at that point. Seeing your pictures let me enjoy it from the comfort of my home (and my job, haha).

    Have you read Kingdom Keepers before? In one part of the second to last book, there's a crazy scene from Sum of All Thrills, so I get a little nervous, haha.

    Oh wow! I'm so flattered that you took the time to read it all! I'm glad you're here! I haven't been posting as often because work is so busy, of course, but if you're interested in past trips, I have the links in my signature too (with chapter links!). I bookmarked your TR so I can read it hopefully soon!

    There's no other place I would have wanted to be for our honeymoon! No other place is as magical.
     
  9. livsmom04

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    Baltimore has the Inner Harbor that has lots of cool things like the National Aquarium and the science museum as well.
     
  10. Self_resqing_princz

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    I've never been on Captain EO either... and I've never done sum of all thrills... I'm not even sure I've been in in the building they are in.
     
  11. MeMom

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    If you can get there at opening one of these days and are the first in line, you can get some good pictures with all five together. Didn't know if you knew that or not, but just FYI, in case you didn't.





    I want to do this. The sides are open, right? I wouldn't be able to do it if it is completely closed in.

    I'd say the bobsled would be perfect for me, too. :thumbsup2
    And as for the Kingdom Keepers stuff, I don't ever want to read those books. I know too many people who read them, enjoy them, but are creeped out by certain park things after that. Ignorance is bliss for me, in this case. :laughing:
     
  12. RachelNinja

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    Ooo, more places to visit! It'd be a totally different kind of vacation as compared to our WDW vacations!

    You have to make sure you try it soon! I love how there are still so many things to try for the first time despite having been there many times.

    Oh yeah, I remember seeing that in your TRs! That'd be such a great photo to have.

    You're actually completely enclosed in Sum of All Thrills. Even though you're sitting next to someone, you can't see him/her except via the little shot on the bottom corner of the monitor because there's a camera. I get the slightest bit of anxiety due to claustrophobia, but it isn't that long so I'm okay.

    Haha, yeah, Kingdom Keepers definitely changes how you see the parks! One of my students introduced it to me years ago. When I got injured during a school trip (injured coccyx when we went rollerblading and a kid skated in front of me!), he and his mom, who I know well, dropped my stuff off at my house from the school. They added the books in there so I could finally read them. Lying in bed flat on my back, I got sucked in! I can't wait for each book although I can't imagine everything in the latest one because it's on the cruise ship.
     
  13. HappyHaunts999

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    I remember that trip. Did they go skating after that?
    Joe is looking forward to doing Sum of all Thrills on our next trip.
     
  14. RachelNinja

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    Yeah, we've been back there. I refused to skate, of course! This past year we went to the ice skating pavilion since Sandy messed up our plans to go to Roller Jam. I didn't skate there either!

    He can probably make it a lot more thrilling than I can!
     
  15. RachelNinja

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    Vision House

    After getting our minds blown by Captain EO, we scurried on over to Innoventions to check out Vision House. I had seen pictures of it and also read that it's not really the most interesting thing to see, but I was curious to see the rooms. We had some time to wait until the next tour, so we did the little test on the screen.

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    The front of the house was very inviting. So clean!

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    Made me wish that we had a house! Of course, having a house like this would mean having to shovel after the blizzard we just had here in the Northeast. I was saying to Howard that it was pretty cool that we didn't have to shovel since we live in an apartment. Finally, we had one big advantage to our small living space!

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    The house number was 2012. There were a couple more groups that joined the line, and then it was time to start the tour. I took video of part of the tour so you can get a taste of what it's all about.

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    VIDEO: Vision House

    Here's the first room. The tour guide mentioned some of the energy-saving and environmentally-friendly things about the house. One of those things was that the red chairs were made out of recycled materal so they were actually super light.

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    The upstairs was off limits. They gave the House of Innoventions a storyline of how we were visiting someone's house and they were away at the time. I can't remember if they were on vacation or something.

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    Gotta love this kitchen though! Our kitchen space right now in our apartment is so small that when I turn around from the sink and stove to the counter behind me, I get dizzy because it's literally just spinning around in a circle! This type of kitchen entices me! And look at how big that fridge is! Ours is so itty-bitty that we don't have much storage space. I would love to have more freezer space so that we can buy more things on sale to freeze or to make more meals in the crockpot and divide up to freeze. It'd be cool to have cheese around too, haha.

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    Here was our dear tour guide explaining something about the dishwasher. Oh man, to have a dishwasher now would be fabulous too! Howard and I have to do dishes so often. Oh, that screen on the counter controlled a lot of things in the house including the temperature.

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    Two ovens! Amazing. And a little area for the pets.

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    Part of the wall was removed so that we could see the insulation behind it. I liked that on the board they had Sept 15th because that's my birthday. Oh, and I recognized that red clock on the desk as one that's from IKEA.

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    The living room. Our couch is not this neat, haha. We often have to lay out laundry on it to cool off or completely dry. When it's finally cleared off, it gets really exciting because they we can lounge and watch a movie. When we're on the couch though, I tend to fall asleep!

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    Moving on to the bedrooms and bathrooms. Two sinks! It was like the two sinks we had back at our room in AKL where we could each have our own space and tons of counterspace.

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    The greatest thing about this place was the toilet. It had all these extras added to it including seat warmers! Haha. The tour guide encouraged us to touch the seat!

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    The shape is rather odd. I vaguely remember something about music too, but really at this point, I could be making it up. The stuff about this part of our trip was not really something I really felt like I needed to remember.

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    Tubs like this kind of freak me out because they seem to be what's used in scary movies!

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    LOOK! It's my husband!

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    Haha, Howard took this picture of me where it looks like I'm peeking into another room when I shoudn't be, but the tour guide was there explaining something so I was listening!

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    This is the thing I liked the most that I wanted for us ... washer and dryer! It took a bit of time before we got our own. We have one of those machines that serves as the washer AND dryer in the same drum so we don't have to move things over. But it also takes a full 3.5 hours to do one small load. We're okay with that because we are just very grateful we have our own machine instead of having to go to a laundromat.

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    The master bedroom.

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    The kids' rooms were pretty cluttered. On ekid was working on her science project using potatoes as an energy source.

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    In the backyard, there was a hidden Mickey in this plant area. Every time that I look at this picture, I have to actually search for it. It's in the upper right corner if you want to look for it.

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    Lastly, you can see all the sponsors of Vision House including Siemens, Sylvania, and Panasonic.

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    We said thank you to the tour guide and then moved on our way to something a little bit more exciting! We were HUNGRY and had a snack in mind in the World Showcase!
     
  16. rachel09985

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    Yay an update! How have i never even known about this vision house? Probably because i never go in innoventions.

    What is the point of the house?

    My birthday is September 9th :)

    Our apt is very small too. We have a dishwasher and W/D though. We only live in 688 square feet though. Having a house would be nice but not paying for all of the bills. Its so easy to call our landlord to fix it!
     
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    We haven't done this in years. It looks really cool, I willl have to go take a look next time while Sam and Joe are flipping on Thrills.
     
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    I would love to do the bobsled, but the closed in part is going to keep me from doing this, I guess. :sad:

    I'm glad you got pictures of the house. It's always fun to see the 'lesser known' and not often photographed things in WDW.
     
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    I love the kitchen, the bathroom sinks of course, and I love the laundry room! Oh how I wish I had a larger laundry room!
     
  20. RachelNinja

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    You definitely should stop by both sides of Innoventions. There's plenty to do without it being too busy. I think we've played the majority of the games and visited most of the exhibits. I'd definitely recommend it for some more relaxed fun. I think the point of the house is just showcasing a lot of the things that these companies sponsor/make that would make a home more eco-friendly. Very educational.

    You're the 4th person I know with a birthday on 9/9!

    Haha, your apartment sounds big to us! Our studio apartment is only around 300 sq ft! Haha, we love that we have a place together though although I look forward to one day actually having a real bedroom! We have an 5x5 Expedit shelf from IKEA, which acts as our room divider. Since it's just the two of us, it works. It was fantastic having our teeny-tiny apartment though when the blizzard came! No need to shovel!

    I think if I didn't have such an issue standing, I would've enjoyed it more. I really did like seeing parts of the house and wondering if we would ever have a house of our own!

    We really do want to try to do a lot of the things that aren't as well-known! Of course, we also don't do the things that ARE well-known like Expedition Everest and Rock'n Rollercoaster! I guess there's something for everyone!

    Oh, how I would love a laundry room! We have the combined washer/dryer in our small bathroom, but like I said in my update, I'm just so grateful we can do our own laundry at home. When we first got married, we were bringing it over to my parents house, and it was just a pain having to make sure we washed anything that we needed on that Saturday!
     
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    This is NOT YO CHEESE!

    (I apologize if the pictures are super large! With the new layout for Photobucket, I thought I had resized them. I see now that they're still much bigger than what I normally post, but I finished the update so I'm posting it anyway.)

    After our tour of Vision House, we knew it was about time for a snack! There's always a list of foods that we want to try (or that I want to try considering all the time I spend on DIS and looking at the AllEars menus), so we were going to head on over to World Showcase. On the way, we passed by the area where Test Track is. We were unbelievably disappointed that we couldn't ride one of our FAVORITE rides during our honeymoon. We couldn't stand that Thunder Mountain was also closed for refurbishment until the end of our trip.

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    VIDEO: Test Track Sadness

    Of course, we couldn't deny the fact that these views were just magnificent despite not being able to ride Test Track. We took the "shortcut" way to the Mexico pavilion. It's a bit unbearable to walk straight towards the World Showcase Lagoon when the sun is beating down on me. I do, however, like stopping at the Duffy store though. When there's a snack on my mind though, I'll bypass that store.

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    Yum! Look at all the options here! We knew that we were going to get an order of nachos for $9.99. The menu description says that it's corn tortilla chips topped with ground beef, nacho cheese, tomatoes, jalapenos, black beans, and sour cream. When we ordered it, they asked us if we wanted everything on it, so it's nice that you can somewhat customize it if you didn't want jalapenos on it or something. I would'ved liked to have Jarritos or Sidral, one of the Mexican sodas, but if we were spending $10 on a snack, we'd just continue to drink our Vitamin Water!

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    We were able to snag a table not too close to the railing in the hot sun near the birds that seem as if they are about to attack. I had read that there are seats indoors, but I didn't bother to check. When we were on our way out, I did see the sign that indicated that there were seats indoors.

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    I think that would've made our snack over the top. Sitting in some relaxing, cooling AC away from the birds would've made it extra enjoyable!

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    As you can see, there are different colored chips here. When we had this snack back in December, they didn't have the colors. It was also missing the black beans. That's why we look back on our Disneymoon nachos with even higher regard. None of the chips were soggy, and there was a lot of toppings on it. I don't like it when nachos look as if they have a bunch of toppings on it but are severely lacking underneath.

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    They gave us an extra side of nacho cheese too, something that we did not get in December. You can never have enough of this plastic cheese!

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    La Cantina de San Angel also has two different types of salsa. The green one is mild, and the red one is hot. It's very different than the typical jarred salsa I'm used to. It's not a chunky salsa, and it has a much different taste. I was thrown off by it at first, but I actually grew to really love it. I was alternating between dipping the chips in the cheese sauce and the salsa. It was a great combination, and I appreciated the variety. I did also try the hot salsa, and it was just too spicy for me because I wasn't in the mood to risk getting heartburn or a stomachache.

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    Haha, can you tell we get a little obsessive with our food pictures? But it works out well because we have so many pics to look at now after the fact!

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    We devoured the chips pretty quickly, but it was definitely a good-sized snack. We were both satisfied and will definitely get it as a snack whenever we visit. They were just really good nachos, and we don't have a place nearby that just has really good nachos with all the fixings. Yes, I do know that it's nothing fancy, but being at Disney makes it all taste better, am I right?

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    Howard took pictures of the atmosphere. I can imagine how nice this place would be to have a snack or an easy dinner while watching IllumiNations!

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    Do people stake out this area super early?

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    With our stomachs happy, we began the walk back to Future World. Howard really likes clouds (haha, I know that's kind of a funny sentence), so he had to take a picture of the clouds' reflection in the water.

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    I couldn't decide between the two pictures, so I posted both.

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    We walked by using the "shortcut" again. As we neared the Test Track building, I was upset that we couldn't hear that lovely zooming sound!

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    I told Howard to take a picture of me like this to indicate just how sad I was that we couldn't ride Test Track during our honeymoon.

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    But then I thought, oh wait ... we are on our honeymoon because we are finally MARRIED! Haha, although this photo was somewhat staged, it was after I actually had that exact thought of "OMG, we're MARRIED!" Seriously, it didn't get old (and it still hasn't!).

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    It seems so boring. Even looking at this picture, I can distinctly remember how quiet it was.

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    We did have to visit the area just to see it covered with the wall and the random Chevrolet cars out front.

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    VIDEO: Need TT Now, Chevrolet!

    Alas, it was time to move on and stop lamenting. Haha, after making some more sad faces and complaining in the above video. We were actually getting ready to leave Epcot soon after this because we did have an ADR for that night! Stay tuned to see where we go.
     

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