Pinch me, did it REALLY happen????? - All wrapped up, and yes, it DID happen!

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  1. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    OK folks, so anyone paying attention to my tickers, I have very little time until my next Disney trip....

    Anyone interested in joining in on my Western Caribbean Cruise out of Galveston can find the link here.

    We Need a little "Magic", Right this Very Moment
     
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  3. dolphingirl47

    dolphingirl47 In Search of the Tag Fairy

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    That is good to know. I have always wanted to eat there, but I have read a lot of reviews that it is very noisy.

    I love the Tower of Terror photos and the ones for the new Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. I may just have to bite the bullet and do Tower of Terror again when I am at Disneyland and I am even considering to give California Screamin a go. I just invested in Photopass + for Disneyland so I am determined to make the best out of this and get all the ride photos.

    I like the line for Toy Story Mania at Hollywood Studios better, too, but I still prefer to do the ride in California.

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  4. rentayenta

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    :thumbsup2 Great updates. I agree the queue for TSMM is far more entertaining than the one at Disneyland.

    Overdone meat? :scared: Bummer. I don't know that we'll do 'Ohana in the near future. I keep seeing consistently poor reviews.their quality has declined.

    What did you buy in the ToT shop along with the towels?
     
  5. Pinkocto

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    Great update. Yes, curiosity has me wondering what else she bought as well :)
     
  6. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    Love the pictures of the queue areas. I'll skip ToT; although I must admit to wanting to walk through and taking the chicken exit next time I'm there. Once in real life is more than enough for me.


    I actually prefer TSMM at DLR. I'll trade off less queueing time for a more interesting queue area anyday.
     
  7. Leshaface

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    Now i'm curious, did you get stuck on ToT?! :scared1:
     
  8. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    No she had a REAL LIFE ToT incident in a REAL elevator.
     
  9. Leshaface

    Leshaface DIS Veteran

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    Agh! Now that would not be fun at all. Hope no one was hurt:worried:
     
  10. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    The elevator did a free-fall for about 5 or 6 floors before the emergency breaks took hold. There were about 4 or 5 of us in the elevator at the time; no one was hurt but we were all pretty pleased to get out of there.

    I can't do ToT even for fun.
     
  11. lisaviolet

    lisaviolet Happy DVC Owner

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    Alison, catching up.

    I was so sad to come on and find out about Sunny. I'm so very sorry Alison. Sighing. So difficult. Love to you both.
     
  12. lisaviolet

    lisaviolet Happy DVC Owner

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    Gorgeous shot. :thumbsup2

    And of course I'm loving the lighting fixtures! :flower3:
     
  13. Leshaface

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    Holy cow! I can't even imagine. I mean, you're prepared for the drops on ToT (and of course you're buckled in) but seriously, that must have been the scariest thing. I don't blame you at all for not wanting to get on ToT anymore. I probably wouldn't even take the elevator unless absolutely necessary. Glad no one was hurt.:flower3:
     
  14. mvf-m11c

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    Very nice pictures of the queues of the ToT and TSMM. Just like what PiO said that I will always choose DCA TSMM less interesting queue where we could get on it faster over DHS TSMM.
     
  15. rndmr2

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    Found this TR a few days ago and have been reading to catch up, wasn't going to comment until then it is taking me longer to get caught up than I thought it would.

    Enjoying reading about your trip, love all the great pics you have gotten so far, especially the ones at AK, including the Safari and the Trails.
     
  16. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    It might have been a little noisy, I was more concerned with how dark it was and hard to take pictures of the food!

    The DCA ToT doesn't have nearly the extensive queue, in fact most of it is underground, I'll have to try that one again soon, it's been a while.

    I have no idea what all we bought! :rotfl: I think she got four different shirts (this was the first place in all of WDW that even had 3XL shirts), we bought one of those après shower waist towels for our cleaning lady's son, I got a shirt, and a cap. She might have bought a game, luggage tags, coasters?

    I did my best above, but I really don't remember.

    It is a fun queue, you should try the chicken exit next time.

    Thank you. We've lost many kitties over the years, but she was by far the most difficult.

    Glad you're enjoying them. I have more to come.

    Thank you! Yes, I do like being able to get on the ride faster out here!

    :welcome: I'm glad that you are enjoying our adventures!
     
  17. dolphingirl47

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    I am sure that if I go for it, I will be so freaked out I would not take in any scenery anyway.

    I know that California Screamin is one of your favourite rides. I have done Rock'n'Rollercoaster a few times and I am OK with this. Expedition Everest freaks me out, but that is mainly the backwards bit. Do you think I would be OK with California Screamin?

    Corinna
     
  18. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    Once our rides were all out of the way we headed to the Art Gallery. I think this picture is our only proof that we were there!

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    Then we headed over to the Star Tours shop. She changed her mind on the little action figures, after looking online at Target, Walmart, K-Mart and Amazon she realized that the only place you could get them was in the park. She ran into a few characters.

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    She bought some of the action figures that they had. There was a Dad and his kid at the register, and the Dad took the action figure out of his hands and said, Im not going to buy you something here that you can get at Walmart.

    Fran chuckled and said to me quietly, But you cant. Why do you think I wanted to come back here? I checked! :teeth:

    Pretty soon we were on our way to Epcot.

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    I have never actually been to the Swan or Dolphin. Sometime Ill have to make an ADR at one of these restaurants, just so that well end up at the hotel.

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    After a short stop, we were on our way again.

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    Our next visit to WDW will bring us to the Beach Club.

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    Then it was over to the Boardwalk.

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    Its been so long since we have hung out at Jellyrolls. I hope that we can get here on our next trip. Ive had some fun times at this place.

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    Soon we were approaching Epcot.

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  19. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    We still had a while before our lunch reservation, so we decided to get an “appetizer”. I’ve been dying to try the Yorkshire County Fish place, and for whatever reason (we have another ADR, or trying to eat from F&W kiosks) we’ve never been. So we thought we’d have a snack before lunch.

    I snagged us a spot

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    and Fran got the food.

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    The fish and chips were really good. At this point, I was thinking that I would be back here for more, however, something happened later in the trip to change my mind.

    We headed over to Italy. We weren’t full at all. In fact, I’m not sure that we even had anything for breakfast. If we did, it wasn’t much at all! I still had plenty of room for Via Napoli!

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    Cute light fixture!

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    The restaurant was nice, open and airy. We had nice table, but really I think any table here is pretty nice.

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    We got the bread service. After we finished I realized we could have asked for Balsamic Vinegar in our oil, which I wish I had done. The bread was good though.

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    I took these pictures of the menu after the fact outside, but I like to post them before the food.

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    I went with a white Sangria

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    I had the Arancini (I did share some with Fran). These were absolutely heavenly. The tomato sauce was so subtle and the filling was just light enough. I have only had these from an awesome little Italian joint in a strip mall in the valley. Theirs are very good, but their tomato sauce is really “in your face” and they use long grain rice. I think these were made with Arborio and were just so subtle and tasty, I can’t wait to have them again someday!

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    Fran went with the Caprese Salad, she said it was really good. I had a taste and enjoyed it.

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    After the appetizers, we split a four cheese pizza. Alicia, this was REALLY good, you will definitely enjoy this if you order it next time you go. It was a little bit off putting that there was no sauce, but the crust of the pizza is so thin and crispy and all the cheeses mixed together were so good, I ended up not missing the sauce at all.

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    I couldn’t leave without the obligatory shot of the pizza ovens.

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    And we didn’t order this, but the table next door did. It looks fabulous! We had some at Tutto Italia and I really liked it.

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    After that we were satisfied, but not stuffed….Alicia, I think our trips are slightly parallel here!

    What do we do next?
     
  20. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    If you can handle RnRC, I'm sure you can do CA Screamin'. The only thing on that one is the loop de loop and it's a large one which is easier than a tight one like happens right when you launch on RnRC. Otherwise it's not a scary coaster at all.
     
  21. PrincessInOz

    PrincessInOz Thanks for my avatar, Mary Jo!

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    OMG! I want to be there NOW.

    Your photo's just got me super excited at being there in Sep/Oct. I'd love to check out JellyRolls. I've never been but I've always wanted to go.

    And that food at Via Napoli.....I think I might just book us in for a lunch. I was tossing up about whether to go or not and thought that grazing at F&W would be better. I might have to talk it over with DH and DS.


    I'm guessing that you ended up at the Kuche Karamel shop in Germany.....
     

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