Poncho Up, Chicas! DISmoms 5, May 2-6, 2013 Updates Galore 12/9

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  1. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

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    Hey there! I know I have been MIA- AGAIN....it's the end of the school year, baseball, Tyler & Sean's birthdays, 8th grade graduation....just so much going on in June! But I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and I have some time today to get caught up! So......

    Thank you! we had a blast!

    I know- the Epcot location, location, location, as Pods would say, is really excellent. But as for OKW- if you look at a WDW map, it is actually very centrally located to nearly everything- so even though you are on a bus, the ride doesn't seem to be that long.

    Thanks! I am looking forward to reliving them!

    Yes you are!!! :hug:

    Huh? Was Elvis in Lake George?
     
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  3. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

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    That is REALLY hard to do! We need to plan lunch or a beach day in July- does Antonio go to camp or is he home all day?

    What can I say- we are very dedicated and on a mission when we are there! :rotfl2:

    This photo is just soooo wrong!!!!!! It was May 2nd!!!!!!

    Ironing ponchos is totally cray-cray!:rolleyes:
     
  4. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

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    Put kahlua in her cup and take a slide at the pool, lol-

    HAHAHAHA- it was spread out across hours and hours- not in 2 hours! So not as bad as it looks-
     
  5. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

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    So DREA- your trip to LV looked like a blast- and you looked so stinkin cute in all the pics!! I LOVE the one with the hat before the pool of you- :thumbsup2 I promise that one day when Pods and I head out there you will be the first to know so you can meet us- :) I would really like to go there with you (even if your Marine DH can't keep up with your beer intake, lol-).

    And yea- I think you got all the details pretty much of our nickel tour! Steve was hilarious- and a very good sport! That was so funny, it makes me LOL just reading about it now- :rotfl:

    Ok...sooo.....Drea, who is known for early rising on vacation, well- I beat her that Friday morning- because I was sleeping next to the window, and the SUN was shining in on me!! :sunny: What a WONDERFUL surprise!!! This day was SUPPOSED to be worse than the day before! But as it turned out, the weather forecast was WRONG (go figure- that never happens, right?). HAH! I think Drea hopped in the shower, while I went out to grab coffee- but first, here was our view from the big OKW balcony-

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    Hmmm....that pic doesn't look so good. I was using my Canon DSLR, and it looked a little over-exposed. But I figured it was a fluke, and brought that camera with me to get the coffee. EXCEPT....turns out it was no fluke. See for yourself-

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    UGH. My DSLR was dead. A month ago, we had a bit of a flood onto my kitchen island (where my camera was sitting- I keep it out sometimes for easy access) when Sean was taking a shower in our bathroom- which is directly above the island. The drain was clogged, and when I heard waterfalls in my kitchen, I discovered it was because water was POURING from every high-hat light fixture in my kitchen over my island. Where my camera was. :crazy2:

    It was a scene, man.

    Anyway, that camera seemed broken, then it was ok, but I guess it was finally ding-dong-dead. Kinda stunk for this vacation, but in the end, a GREAT thing, because I was able to replace my camera with a T3i- which I REALLY REALLY like a whole lot better! :thumbsup2 Silver linings...it's all about silver linings...

    Anyway, I had two mugs in my OL, so I went to get the coffee and then back to pack up before our Bell services pre-scheduled the night before luggage pick up (yes, before our nickel your, we booked a pick up for this morning as advised by the bell services desk, because they get busy in the morning). I also stopped in the store- I got drea and I a really nice OKW sticker- I have decided to get them from now on at all the DVC resorts I stay at and stick them on my suitcase. :thumbsup2 Of course, they didn't have one at AKV, so the project is not going very well so far. Oh- we stayed in Studio #

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    They came and grabbed all our 30 pieces of luggage, and no, it was not Steve of nickel tour fame- apparently the DO let them go home on occasion, who knew? We walked over to the Hospitality House to get the bus, taking pics on the way of lovely OKW-

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    And yea, Steve- the slide was still closed and it was past 8- what the heck was Drea supposed to do with herself now?

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  6. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

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    I would really like to come here and just hang the way Cynthia did. It is a relaxed, easy kind of place.

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    We stopped in the store again- and noticed that THIS store had EVERY SIZE in the pants I had wanted to buy last night at CL. Of course.

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    Then we visited Check-in and Papa's Den-

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    We were headed to the bus- and, yea, that's right- I was ditching Drea for the morning- she was headed to DHS, and I was headed to BC via EPCOT. I had a teeny tiny little Mousketeer to meet! Bye Drea! I'll miss you!

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    My transport mojo was still good- I was heading to EPCOT very quickly-

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    Wow- all those flowers are REALLY prettier when it's not raining!

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    There were so many new displays this year- I especially liked this one-

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    Across the lake they were filming something- see the lights?

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    LOOK!! It's a MONKEY!!!

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    FWIW, I ended up eventually buying this exact one- and he looked a LOT better when Disney was in charge- I guess I am just not cut-out to be a zookeeper.

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    Kudos to Disney- F&G was the best I have ever seen-

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  7. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

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    More topiaries-

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    Out the back, at the IG-

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    As I said, I had a teeny tiny little Mouseketeer to meet. Seriously! Peter's cousin (Joan is married to Peter) is Mark- that wonderful CM we met years ago who at one time worked as the engineer for RnRC, and has since been climbing the corporate ladder to Trainer (of new CMs). Well, Mark and his lovely wife, Carlie, had just had their first baby, and today I would be joining them all at the BC for a very sweet little meet and greet! Introducing, Baby Reid!

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    Isn't he so cute? But where were his itty bitty mouse ears?

    Cousin Peter and the newest member of his VERY VERY VERY large family-

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    My turn!

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    I felt so honored to be included in this little get together- we do have a running joke, Peter and I, that I am his Wife #2, and that I am his VERY VERY VERY large family's official photographer, so I guess I am related to them, too! :rotfl:

    Soon it was time to move on- Joan and Peter would be meeting us later in the Ditch but were on their way to see their daughter sing in EPCOT first. And I had to meet Drea at DHS- we had some rides to do, and the world's greatest hot dog to eat!!

    But, first, because I was at BC, I was hungry and got a yogurt parfait from the Marketplace. Because I LOVE the parfaits from here. Or, I used to. It still resembles the ones they used to make fresh (OMG, I miss those parfaits SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much!), but the granola is all soggy now, because they are pre-packaged. Kind of a bummer.

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    Does anyone know anything about the granola? Do they buy it, or is it their own mix? It is fantastic (except for the now sogginess). And at least, in all these years (I am talking since at least 10 years ago) they have not changed the granola, and I have never seen it anywhere else.

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    Time to leave the BC and head to DHS!:thumbsup2

     
  8. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

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    Now that would have been AWESOME! I am mildly annoyed at myself I didn't go down it, will have to rectify it next time.


    You had mixing issues, I have a headache looking at that list :rotfl: BUT you finished it off with some juice to balance it all out...well done!

    A nickel tour AND a ride home. Really what more could anyone ask for! Fun end to the evening.


    YAY for sun, BOO for dead cameras. Well it's not DEAD if it is still taking pictures, over exposed or not but :thumbsup2 for the new toy1

    Yes, yes it is! I could live at OKW. No joke. Work at DTD, paddleboat to work. Oh wait, they won't let me go that far :rotfl:

    What a cute little mouseketeer!



    This is my issue with pre-packaged parfaits persiod, I rarely get them anymore. Soggy granola seems to defeat the purpose! RF used to have them made to order but I've no idea of they still do. Probably not.

    Fun morning!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  9. kid-at-heart

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    Breakfast!

    A few of the graves were old relatives, not many. One grave, not a relative, was a four-sided marker with the Rev Somebody's information written on one side and his three wives buried around him (making a + sign, with him one one plus line and a wife on each of the other plus signs). Each side had the information of "that" wife on it, hard to explain but funny to see.

    I research genealogy for fun so if anyone wants me to see if I can find some of their genealogy just let me know.

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  10. 2xcited2sleep

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    I am so in love with Beach Club I have this issue with the idea of staying anywhere else. But OKW may be calling to me... Jimmy Buffett, turtle krawls... :rolleyes1

    Epcot's F&G looks beautiful. I am so bummed I missed it this year. Vowing to get there next year!!
     
  11. anewmac

    anewmac Ive got nothing planned whats an OCVP to do?

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    All by myself...


    So as El said yes I have a stigma that I am always up at the crack of dawn on any vacation... I just dont want to miss a moment. I figure I can sleep when I get back home LOL. We had set our phone alarms and headed off to dream land.

    I woke up the next morning to El saying something along the lines of "Is that really the SUN?" Well that perked me up cuz all we had seen were grey skys.
    Sure enough It was a Beautiful day! (Que U2)
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    We walked onto our patio to take pics like women who had never seen daylight before. But we didnt believe it so we checked our phone weather apps and low and behold whatever storm had hovered over us was blowing far far away!!!
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    Im sure we did a lil dance then got ready, El went to get coffee (she knows I am a vacation coffee and Kahlua girl.. what? The best part of waking up is Kahlua in MY cup!) While she was gone I got ready, and repacked my bags.
    I felt like a world traveler with all my different resort tags LOL
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    I was so bummed I couldnt ride the slide... lol and next time I see that Steve, Im so giving him a piece of my mind for stearing me wrong.

    One day I want to do a resort hop vacation... no parks (well maybe not LOL) but just do a night at each place. Thats another SANS kids trip, or maybe when they are old enough to hit the parks alone while E and I sit by the pool and bar hop, well bar for me, lounge chair hop for the hubby LOL!
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    You have to love all the detail they put into every resort!
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    After we walked around the resort and checked out the 'check in' area and Papa's Den (btw didnt know it was called that.. TOO CUTE!) El had a hot date with some mini mousekeeter. I was so upset that she would ditch me.. I mean really I come all this way from coast to coast, and invite myself on this trip for her to ditch ME geez-us lol jk... later she showed me the pics of Baby Reid, and well, I would have ditched me to hang out with that cute lil thang too!
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    She was sweet and said I was more than welcomed to go with her, and I thought about it, I mean I had already watched some kids I didnt know, from a school I didnt go to, from a town Im not from, march down main street... heck by now I was family and Peter's 3rd wife even LOL. But I thought that would have been a lil awkward for them. I bowed out and deceided to hit the park alone.

    My bus to Hollywood came quick after El's and off I went. I noticed that the cost of gas there was 10cents cheaper than when I left Cali. (this is another thing I do when we vaca.. take pics of what the cost of gas is LOL.. I'm odd like that!)
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    A few mins later I had arrived
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    I never get to walk into the parks, STOP and take pics of whatever I want. you know how it is with kids.. GO GO GO GO. So it gave me some time to enjoy the park and hit some rides.. YEAH BUDDY!!!
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    Obligatory Hat Pic.. I read the rule book of the park you HAVE to take one, its a must lol
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    Then made a quick right and headed for the big kid rides.
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    1st up... Aerosmith!
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    Since I was a loner I did Single Rider... everyone sing it with me now.. All the Single Riders All the Single Riders
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    It was maybe a 10min wait for me if that... and I was so excited to check out my pic.. but they werent working, I was so bummed. So I made up for it by hitting TOT. It said it was ONLY a 20min wait but I found I was in that line for about 35mins. There were TONS of school there too so I sort of fit in walking between 2groups like I was a chaparone.
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    By now I was getting text from El saying she was leaving the cutiest lil Mousekateer to head over and meet me.
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    I let her know where I was in line but she was still working on grabbing a boat on over by the time I got on.
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    Since El wasnt there yet, I deceided to see how Toy Story was doing... 60min wait .. um no thanks
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    Instead I deceided to get a pic with Buzz and Woody
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    It stated only 20mins.. maybe thats todays theme? but again was more like 30!
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    It was a little weird being the only adult without kids in that picture que, but I soon got over it as I listened to a family behind me. I had to hold my laughter in because it made me think thats EXACTLY the kind of meltdown we have had before and it was soo nice for it to happen to someone else this time and I got to enjoy it while they were "THAT" family!

    Basically to share the story, the dad wanted to take a pic of lil Jonny and lil Jane, but lil Jane was not having ANY of that. See she kept saying that lil Jonny was taking up all the room and there wasnt space for her to get in the pic. Well mom layed into lil Jonny and told him to give lil Jane some room. To which lil Jonny told them she's got lots of room. Lil Jane didnt like that and pushed lil Jonny out of the area all together and dad took the pic of precisious lil Jane while mom yelled at poor Jonny. Btw this continued thru each other the photo opp areas in the que, until FINALLY lil Jonny had enough, and on the last one he graciously let his lil sis go 1st to take a pic all alone, and just as dad was about to click the pic of their lil princess. Lil Jonny pushed that lil brat out of the way and had the biggest cheesiest smile there was in time for dad to capture it!

    Im not sure if lil Jonny got in trouble for that because then it was my turn to take a pic with the guys
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    Im pretending they are my favorite men Vin Diesel and The Rock LOL Its a Drea Samich either way I win!
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    El had got there just in time and was able to sneak in and take pics with me. (and I got them off photopass!)
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    Woody is telling us that he was girlfriendless
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    Buzz chimmed in that he was too... hint hint El
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    You got a Friend in Me!
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    After we finished making a double date with Woody and Buzz, El asked if I wanted to ride Aerosmith again.. which promted me to say, "I dont care whatever you want to do, Im just HAPPY to be here!" ... lol


    Next Up: THE BEST Hot Dog EVVERR, before we double than triple our group!
     
  12. englishrose47

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    Great update Ellen !!! The baby is sooo cute !!!
     
  13. anewmac

    anewmac Ive got nothing planned whats an OCVP to do?

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    Im all about cheap in Vegas, especially when your not in the room long, we only use it for the 4 S's (sleep, shower, use the power room, & 2nd honeymoon time LOL)

    RIGHT, stick me infront of a penny machine for hours and call me a cheap date! I have to say the Orchard is a bit to sweet for me

     
  14. knewton64

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    I'm late in the game but getting caught up on your adventures.popcorn::





    SUBBIN!!:goodvibes





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  15. MAGICFOR2

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    Hi Kate! Your project sounds fun! I'm such a nerd - I love to visit old cemeteries and read the headstones and make up stories about what their lives might have been like.
     
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    Hi Ladies! I didn't see your updates! I'm glad the sun came out just for you! I'm sure it's because Laura was having all that snow. :rotfl2: Little Reid is so adorable! I see they had him dressed appropriately to have his first DISmeet!
    Drea, I think your plan for resort hopping sounds great! You could ride those bikes around to work up a thirst for each ...Oh! Wait! You don't need to work up to it. :rolleyes1 OKW does look like a place to just sit and rock and sip mint juleps or whatever.
    Your TOT pic is funny - all those peeps are hanging on for dear life (which I would be) and you were just sitting there smiling with your camera up!

    Oh how fun that Ellen photobombed your pic with the boys! :lmao: You both look great, BTW.
     
  17. englishrose47

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    Oooh Vegas tips needed !!I am heading there in September on another Free Trip, will be staying at either Flamingo or Harrah's !! Any tips on where to eat, etc !!!!!
     
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    While these lovely ladies were enjoying the sunshine ( that I promised to bring :wizard:) I was up at the crack of dawn getting my back side to the MPLS airport. I live a bit north of Minneapolis so it is like a half hour drive. My flight was at 7 am so I figured I'd roll out of here at 5:30. Glad I did.:scared1: Remember that photo of the snow, yea it melted the night before and the road weren't in the best shape. I got in at 6. Not too bad until I saw the line at security! Whole line batman... I flew out of terminal 2, normally its in and out. Not today. The line was crazy long and I had to check a bag. I got behind the family that left their brains at home. :rolleyes1 I was a good girl cuz I was going to the happiest place on earth!.

    But soon I was on the plane, watching more snow fall. Didn't matter to me. As a high school friend and another DISer gave me the idea of bring along alcohol.
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    Life was good. The flight was uneventful, especially after 3 of these. hahaha. I paid for inflight wifi so I was texting with the girls so I could hear about all the fun that was going on.

    I landed and soon was on the ME. I knew the girls were in Epcot so I was headed to AKL to drop my stuff off. I was met right away and wisked up stairs to check in. Hello they met we with this

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  19. Disneybuckeye

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    Great updates everyone!

    Ellen, great pix of OKW. I have never really considered staying there, but I love how spread out everything is and your picture made it look so pretty. Might have to try it sometime. Loved the pictures of baby Reid and glad you were able to find the silver lining in the camera incident.

    Drea - loved the sandwich pictures and glad E go to join you for a pix. Love your go with the flow attitude.

    Laura - Great way to travel (and arrive). I probably would have needed a nap by then.

    Keep the updates coming ladies. I need to live vicariously through you until October.
     
  20. anewmac

    anewmac Ive got nothing planned whats an OCVP to do?

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    Best photobomber ever.. well untill later when the gangs all together we get bombed again LOL

    Well the Flamingo was just upgraded recently not sure about harrahs. We are staying at the Flamingo in Nov. My fav spot for a NICE dinner is Gallaghers in the New York New York, best steak ever, its dry aged and you can cut it with a butter knife. YUM its a lil more pricey and everything is ala cart but its SO worth it. Ive heard Hofbrauhaus is good.. both for the entertainment and food. (good lunch place im told) Everytime we go we end up doing something different but they its a German place, they have beer drinking contest and girls competing to carry the most beer steins. (i really need to hit this place up in Nov LOL). In the Paris, they have a crepe maker nothing fancy just another fun place. Diablos cantina at the Monte Carlo has all you can drink for $20 from 9-12 (I believe is beer only though?). I only do buffets for breakfast. so far my fav is still at the RIO, biggest spread and TONS of seafood. Burger Bar at the Mandalay Bay or is it the Winn.. one of those, DELISH! When you get to your hotel most will have a entertainment type book... they usually have coupons or freebies to eat at their hotel.. check it out may be worth it! Oh and if your looking to drink cheap.. sit at a slot machine.. and play, for free drinks just tipe your waitress... *tip when she drops off your drink ask for another cuz they take FOREVER to come back around, unless you play they tables they are quick (cuz your spending more money LOL)in case ya didnt know this lol.

    I still havent been welcomed home like that yet. :confused3

    I think reliving it is half the fuN!
     
  21. krista113

    krista113 Earning My Ears

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    Ive heard Hofbrauhaus is good.. both for the entertainment and food. (good lunch place im told) Everytime we go we end up doing something different but they its a German place, they have beer drinking contest and girls competing to carry the most beer steins. (i really need to hit this place up in Nov LOL).

    I love the Hofbrauhaus, but I am German :scratchin I had one of the best nights of my life there. We had so much fun standing on tables, singing and drinking great beer. I got in the strong person contest, which consisted of holding your arm out straight while holding a beer stein. I did not win, but outlasted quite a few men, so I was pretty proud of myself. :cool1:
     

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