Discussion in 'Completed Trip Reports' started by Hillary12.8.07, Jan 4, 2008.
Nive pics of the fireworks =) Very pretty!!
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Thanks for reading!!! I'm going to have to go check out your TR, I see you are going on a disneymoon too!!!
GOSH I can't believe how long it's been since I updated! It's just been so insanely busy, with school and interning, and we've gone out of town a few times too, so time just keeps getting away from me!! I do have all of my pictures uploaded now so I'm planning on getting the next installment up this afternoon! I have to intern until school gets out but I will be home for the rest of the afternoon so that is the first thing I plan on doing when I get home!!! I hope everyone hasn't abandoned this TR since I'm taking so long!!!!
Thursday December 13th
This was our only planned Animal Kingdom day, and it was the first time going for DH. When we went in May we only had 3 days and did not go to AK, so I was very excited to go to AK and it be new for him. We got up at a decent time and were there by 10 I'm sure. The park looked fairly empty so that was very exciting. AK is probably my least favorite, that or MGM...and I really don't enjoy it when it's really crowded, esp when it's hot, which it always seems to be there. We kinda took our time, looked at the decorations and watching all the characters that are always out front there.
I also saw something I had never seen before, the interactive palm tree...and I'm drawing a blank on his name...anyway, he was moving around in front of the gates, and I was surprised to see the guy with the mic so nearby.
I spotted him immediately, and was surprised the people he was talking to didn't catch on quicker. Anyway...that was cool, something I had never seen before. We went on through the gates, and through Discovery Island. We walked pretty slowly, DH was enjoying looking at all the animals, and I think that is one of the coolest things about AK, just taking in all of the surroundings.
When we got to the bridge, we stopped for a Photopass, and she did the fun one with me holding the baby Simba, BUT I can't find my Photopass cards, thus why I haven't posted any. I know I have them somewhere though.
Anyway...then we went straight to A Bug's Life, because it didn't have a line and I knew DH would love it, since he'd loved all the other 3D shows so far.
And of course he did...we got a kick out of all the screaming kids in there...that's kinda mean, but it always makes me laugh...you hear all these adults start screaming, which makes kids scream too. Anyway, we ended up getting really wet, which was strange. When you get squirted from the stinkbug, usually its just a sprinkling, but we must have been in a weird place or something because my hair was SOAKED. Odd. After that we headed towards the Safari b/c the park was getting fuller and I knew we'd have to wait awhile. The line said something like 20 minutes, so we were just going to wait, but when we went to get in line it was all the way to the back, and I know previously when I have been that far back it's a lot longer than 20 minutes, so we got a FastPass for about an hour later.
So then we had time to go to the Conservation Station, really I just wanted to ride the train, its fun. And I knew DH would enjoy that. When we got back there, before we walked in the doors we saw a crowd out front, and it was Push, the trashcan. Or whatever his name is there, I thought he was just at MK.
But he was moving around, and again, the guy w/him was so close, but the kids had no idea. ANOTHER new thing for me too!! I couldn't believe I had seen both the tree and the trashcan, things I had never seen or even heard of before! So cool. So we walked around inside and then I had to take DH out to see the goats before we left and got back on the train to go use our FP.
On the way back to the safari, we saw ANOTHER new thing to me, Devine!!! I was so excited, I had read about her on here and saw pictures, and while we were walking I saw a bunch of people crowded around, and then a Cast Member, so I knew it must be her!!! We watched for 10 minutes or so, it was SO cool. She wrapped herself around this tree and people walking by were so confused, b/c they didn't know what everyone was looking at. Very cool.
The Safari was fun as usual, our guide kinda sucked though...he was talking really fast and I don't know if he was trying to just sound cool or what, but he used a lot of slang?, or something, I don't know. But he was annoying and I just wanted him to stop talking. DH really enjoyed it though, he thought it was very non-Disney...all the real animals and open spaces I guess?? I took lots of pictures though...
Anyway, after that we ran over to The Festival of the Lion King, my FAVORITE thing at AK. I just LOVE LOVE LOVE it, I will make a trip to AK just to see that. Pictures...
After the show we walked slowly back towards the front, deciding what to do next. We were both getting hungry, and knowing how much DH loves pizza, even though I don't, we decided to go to Pizzafari. It was pretty crowded as it was right around noon, so I went to find a table while DH ordered. He got pepperoni pizza of course, and I got the italian sandwich, or something like that...
Not bad, but not my favorite of the week. I think we called some of our family after we ate, and friends, and kinda relaxed for a little bit, trying to decide what else we wanted to do before we left. DH didn't really want to ride Everest alone, and I don't ride it, so that was out, and he just wasn't loving AK like I thought he would. It was really crowded though, and I think this was when all the screaming kids and rude people and crowds started getting to him. And I know it's not even the most crowded time of year, but he got kinda moody towards the end of the week and was sick of being run over, pushed in line, surrounding by screaming, etc. But hey, that's Disney. Anyway...we walked over to Dinoland, I didn't remember ever really going there before.
That was fun, we enjoyed looking at all the rides and just walking around, and we walked around in the store over there for awhile. Ended up using some snack credits, which we had tons of, on some candy and stuff for my 2 cousins for their Christmas presents. I think we bought a few other things, but I don't remember now. I ran to use the restroom real quick, and left DH with the camera...this is what happens..
After that we decided to go back to the hotel and just relax for awhile, before dinner at Narcoosees!!!!!! This was the meal I was looking forward to the most the whole week...I knew it was somewhere we wouldn't normally eat at w/out the dining plan, and is just something we wouldn't normally do. We headed out to the busses, I THINK we rode to the Contemporary and then took the boat to the WL. We rode the monorail/boat as much as possible, even if it meant taking longer. I don't really remember what we did after that...seems like we went swimming when we got back, but I can't remember. Might have taken a short nap. Anyway, we had a few hours until we needed to shower and get ready for dinner...
Next up-our big night out at the GF and Narcoosee's!
Sounds like a fun day! I love days that give you a break in the middle!
I agree that Festival of the Lion King is the best show at AK. Although we really enjoyed the new Finding Nemo show too.
Where did you find Devine? We have looked for her and have never been able to see her. My girls always look, but we must be looking in the wrong place or we get there to late in the day.
I Love Love Love the Festival of the Lion King too!
I do get disappointed when we don't end up with a good or fun driver on the safari. But, we can't have everything!
I'm really excited to see how dinner went!
Somehow I missed the fact that you went to another TR not continued on from the PTR! Anyways I'm here and looking fwd to more!
great update and pics.
looking forward to hearing about Narcossess's (SP?) I am thinking of eating there next time.
I am really enjoying reading your TR!! It reminds me of mine and my DH's wonderful Disneymoon!!!! We spent our honeymoon at Disney in December 2006 @ the Wilderness Lodge! It was magical v and we can't wait to go back. Glad you enjoyed your Disneymoon and I wish you the best in your marriage!
I look forward to the rest.
I am so enjoying your trip report! I can "hear" the excitement in your voice! All the pictures are great!! Chuck and I are hoping for a just the two of us trip to Wilderness Lodge next December.
Love the TR so far, the WL is so awesome!! I'm pretty sure I saw you when I was there in Dec (i was there starting on the 12th) because even when i started your TR you seemed familiar!
Thanks for reading! It was a fun day, my fave kind of Disney day too. I think I really learned on this trip how to truly enjoy Disney w/out wearing ourselves out. awesome.
We missed the Nemo show, but I knew if I had to choose bw the 2 I'd NEVER miss Lion King. But I really must see Nemo next time.
Devine was b/w where you walk from getting off the train back to the Safari, I THINK. I'm pretty sure that's where we were walking from...just a little pathway back there. Hope that helps! I've never seen her before either, so I don't know where she normally is.
LOVE the Lion King. LOVE it. I'd give anything to be there now.
Dinner was fantastic...that's all I'll say for now. But I should have the installment up soon.
Thanks for reading, glad you're here!!!!
thanks. Def. consider Narcoosee's, it was great. I"ll be writing about it soon.
wow, how cool we did pretty much the same thing! I could'nt have asked for a better honeymoon! The time of year, the resort, everything was just perfect for us. December is just our favorite time of year, and the WL is just amazing, esp during that time. Very cool to share that with others!!! And thanks so much for the sweet comments!!!
awww thanks!!!! You should DEF go!!!! I can't say enough about how much we loved it. I want to go back SOOOO bad!!
neato!! I'll have to check out your TR and see. I do that too, try to see if people look familiar in their TRs! I do remember you from your past TR this summer...I'll have to check out your new one! Thanks for reading!!
Thanks so much everyone for reading!!! I need to finish uploading pictures and I should have the next installment up!!! It's a good one, I promise.
And I just have to share some exciting news too, w/all my fellow Disney freaks!!!! I have been DYING to go back...it's sad...its only been 3 months and I'm in serious withdrawal. I hate seeing the Disney commercials on tv, makes me wanna cry. I always give DH the pitiful puppy dog look, and BEG him to take me back!!!
We were trying really hard w/my parents to get into Ft. Wilderness for Thanksgiving, but its booked solid, we have tried and tried. Not giving up yet, but looks like its not gonna happen. BOOOO. But, my mom is thinking about going next May, and taking my cousins.
We took them in January of 2006, they're from Mississippi, and are now 11 and 8. They had never been before and LOVED it. My mom and I took them for a week, split stay at Boardwalk and the Poly. Everytime we see them they ask when we are going to go back. We wanted to wait a few years though, so now she's thinking next May after they (and I) get out of school. I'll be graduating w/my Masters. So it would be them, my parents, and DH and I, all in their camper at Ft. Wilderness. hurrah!!! (It's a BIG camper!)
AND, today I was just messing around on here, trying one more time to get in for Thanksgiving (no-go). And DH and I had talked about going somewhere in Dec. for our 1 year anniversary, to the mountains or something. It will actually be later, b/c my best friend is getting married on the 12th. Anyway, I started getting some prices, and for a week at Pop it would be VERY cheap. It would be hard, after staying at WL, but heck, as long as I get to be back in Disney I don't care!!! We still have 2-day tickets left, and have TALKED about annual passes, esp if we go back in May, it would be worth it. We'll see...I brought it up to DH tonight, he said that sounds good, we'll have to see though. I'm not working at all while I'm in school so money is tight. But we'll see!!! I stayed at Pop about 3 years ago w/a friend and her mom and it wasn't bad at all, just more cramped, and seriously, we're just spoiled by WL and having everything under 1 roof.
But I NEED a trip back!!! So stay tuned!!! And I'll try to have next installment up later tonight, or possibly later this week! Thanks again for reading!
Great trip report!
We had a Disneymoon in April 2007. I am always trying to talk my DH into going back to Disney. We have been married for almost two years and are talking about having children. It may be awhile before we go back. I want to go in Dec 2009!
I love the show "It's tough to be a bug". We've never got soaked.. its funny how real everything is!
Thanks for reading!!
aw I hope you get to go back. It's sad that its only been about 3 months and I'm going NUTS wanting to go back!! Maybe you could take a quick trip before you have children??? I'll cross fingers for you!
We love it too. And it was so WEIRD we got so wet, that has never happened before?
next installment coming shortly!!!
So when I left off last, we had headed back to WL to rest and hang out for a bit before heading to dinner at Narcoosee's!!! I was so so SO excited about this. We don't go to fancy places often, and we never have at Disney before, and this was our big night out!! I had a dress and everything to wear! I even got DH to dress up some! Crazy! We took showers and got ourselves all nice, and decided to ride the boat over to the Contemporary and then monorail to the Grand Floridian. We had plenty of time, at least an hour and a half I think, so we thought we'd have some time to walk around at the GF before our ADR time at 7:40.
It was so romantic, riding the boat. It goes first to Ft. Wilderness, and then on to the Contemporary. There were many families getting on headed to the MK for the night. It was a beautiful night, and I was so happy to be with my husband, out on the water at WDW. Perfect. Things were fantastic, until we got up to the monorail at the Contemporary. Holy mass of tourists batman. There were people EVERYWHERE. And everytime a monorail would come through, people weren't getting off so only a few could get on. So the line wasn't moving at all. And people were trying to push in line, and being all kinds of crazy. DH and I are VERY laid back people, and are really good at ignoring stupid people, but after awhile we were about to lose it. We started running out of time to get there on time, and I was freaking out about being late. This was the meal I was MOST looking forward to, and we could NOT lose it. Eventually we made it to the front, it was about 7:30 by this time. And we still had 2 stops, the TTC and Poly before we got to GH. ARGH. We get on the monorail with screaming, whiny kids and grumpy, agitated families. It was chaos. We just stood ourselves in the corner and held on, trying to stay happy. We finally got to the GF, and I realized I didn't actually KNOW where Narcoosee's was. I thought it would be easy to find and we'd have plenty of time, so never really worried about it before we left.
Cue two dressed up, newly married maniacs RUNNING down the stairs into the super classy GF lobby, knocking furniture over and people staring. Ok maybe not...but that's sure what it felt like. I found someone to ask where the restaurant was, and we took off out the doors towards the back. It was nuts.
We got there just a few minutes late and checked in, and they gave us as buzzer and said it would be a few minutes. Well actually, first I asked for a window table...that was half the reason we (ok, I) wanted to go there. She said it might make our wait longer, which was fine. We went and sat at the bar, and ordered some drinks. I had some YUMMY Peppermint Martini thing, SO GOOD. And I think DH had a rum and coke, or something like that.
We were calming down now, we had made it, and were in this beautiful, super romantic place, AT DISNEY. On our HONEYMOON. It was about 10 minutes until our pager went off, not bad at all. We went to the front, and then were led to our table. AT A WINDOW. Hurrah!! We were towards the back, so we didn't have a straight view of the MK, but still, it was beautiful.
Our waitress brought our menus to our table...and they were personalized!!! Only, they had put my maiden name on them, instead of our married name. It was pretty funny, and I'm one of those people who doesn't like to cause conflict or complain, so I wasn't going to say anything. But then I started thinking, I was planning on making a scrapbook of our trip, so I really wanted to be able to use the menus, and I'd regret not asking. So I told our waitress the name was wrong...that I had made the ADR before we got married, and she apologized and said she'd fix it, not big deal. So a few minutes later they brought the new ones, SO sweet.
We had been trying to decide what to order...we rarely order appetizers or even dessert when we go out, so this was a big splurge for us, being on the dining plan. I decided on the Crab Cakes...
And DH got the Buttermilk Fried Shrimp. He's the picky one, and isn't a huge fan of seafood. The crab cakes were AWESOME. Best I've ever had. YUM. They were so soft and just GREAT. I'm sure DH liked his shrimp, that's about the only seafood he will eat. OH and the bread they had was great as well, w/sea salted butter. YUM. Neither of us had ever had lobster before, and DH had talked about getting the whole lobster. But I had a feeling he might not like it, so we both ended up getting the Surf and Turf.
The steak was SO good. I'm not usually a big steak fan, but I'd read on here that it was great so I wanted to try it. BEST steak I've ever had. And the lobster tail was wonderful as well. DH didn't like it though...surprise. But he agreed that the steak was awesome. And the potato gratin was the best I've ever had. I need that recipe, for real. It was all just amazing. We took our time eating, because it was SO much food. It was getting close to time for Wishes when she came and asked us about dessert. I'd read that they will usually hold it for you until afterwards, but I should have asked because she didn't, so our dessert ended up sitting there the whole time we watched the fireworks. Oh well...if that's the ONLY thing I can complain about, that's pretty good!!! Anyway, the fireworks were amazing. They dimmed the lights (or maybe they were already that dim, I don't remember), and I THINK they piped in the music. A lot of people went outside, but we decided to stay in and watch from our table. Towards the end a couple came and stood RIGHT in front of our window, and they saw us sitting there. But oh well. It was awesome, SO romantic.
I had the almond crusted cheesecake, which pretty much looked like this except it didn't say Happy Birthday obviously. (stealing pics again, sorry)
SO good, but SO rich. I LOVE me some cheesecake, but I could only manage a few bites. And the homemade cream was awesome. Now DH is a chocolate fanatic, and the only thing that really appealed to him was the Warm Chocolate Almond Gateau. He liked it, but didn't love it. We were STUFFED by this point. We handed over our card (SO cool), and headed out. I had left my phone sitting on the table, I think I had been sending pic msgs to someone. Anyway, we were almost back to the lobby and we heard someone yelling..it was our waitress running after us w/my phone! Gah! I thanked her over and over, for running after me and all. Very nice. We walked around the pool area and just took in the whole night. It was so beautiful and we were having an amazing time. I remember thinking that I didn't want our trip to end!
We walked around in the lobby some, but it was getting late, about 9:30 or so, and we had missed going in the huge Gingerbread House. It was just closing down. We could see it obviously, but couldnt get very close. All the stores were closed as well, which I had wanted to go in, but oh well. We walked around some and took pictures, the GF is so beautiful, I don't know that it is our style though. Maybe one day.
We took the monorail back to the Contemporary, and then boated back to WL. We walked around a little bit, took our time going up to our room. I think we talked about going swimming, but it had cooled off a lot and our plans for the next day were to do nothing BUT swim, so we just went on upstairs to hang out, sit on the balcony, and watch some tv before bed. A wonderful end to a WONDERFUL day.
Next up...relaxation at WL and Kona!!
Just found your TR and am enjoying it very much!
We went to Narcoosees for our anniv dinner and it was one of the best meals I have EVER had!!!! The surf and turf was sooooo amazing! We ended up watching the fireworks from the dock before our ressie because I had heard that people block you and don't care, but it is such a great view either way! So glad you had an awesome dinner!
Great now I want to eat at Narcoosees.........I change our dining plans with each new trip report I read! Yours is wonderful!
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