Sorry Gaston, They are MUCH More Interesting Than You!*6/8* NEW Trip Report Link p154

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  1. MEK

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    Sorry Gaston, They are MUCH More Interesting than You
    Trip Report Links


    Introduction

    Mary Ellen's Posts
    Cynthia's Posts

    Tuesday October 16,2012

    No Alarm Necessary
    No Alarm Necessary continued
    Cynthia Departs
    Dear Friends In Memory of Tracy Mann 1970-12/19/2012
    Checkin In and Heading Out
    Checkin In and Heading Out Continued
    How Are We Going to Open That Thing?


    Wednesday October 17, 2012​


    Dueling Dumbos
    Dueling Dumbos (continued)
    Dueling Dumbos (continued)
    Dueling Dumbos (continued)
    Let's Ride DUUUUUUUUUMBO!!!!
    A Tribute to Tracy Mann Gone Too Soon Youtube Video
    Goofin' Around
    Goofin' Around (continued)

    Goofin' Around (continued)
    Stormin' the Barn
    Stormin' the Barn (continued)
    A Foodie's Dream
    A Foodie's Dream (continued)
    A Foodie's Dream (continued)
    Cynthia's Seminar Update
    Cynthia's Update (continued)
    Mole Ole Ole Ole...the home version!
    Doogie See Doggie Do
    Doogie See Doggie Do (continued)
    Winter Beach Pictures
    What Do You Mean the Kiosks Close During F&W?
    Poolrat Pat Guest Update

    Thursday, October 18, 2012

    DISmeet Extreme
    DISmeet Extreme (continued)
    DISmeet Extreme (continued)
    You Cost Me A lot of Money
    Par-taaaaaay!
    Par-taaaaaay! (continued)
    Par-taaaaaay! (continued)
    Par-taaaaaay! (continued)
    April, May, June I Love You!
    April, May, June I Love You!(continued)
    Yeah Candy. That's Not So Very Scary!
    There's That Hat Again
    There's That Hat Again (continued)
    There's That Hat Again (continued)
    Pat's PIX
    Enchanted Tales With Belle
    Enchanted Tales With Belle (continued)
    Enchanted Tales With Belle (continued)
    Hitchhiking Ducks
    Hitchhiking Ducks (continued)

    Friday, October 19 2012

    Fantasyland Follies
    Fantasyland Follies (continued)
    Fantasyland Follies (continued)
    Fantasyland Follies (continued) & Longwood Gardens
    Longwood Gardens (continued)
    Coffee In The Wilderness
    Coffee In The Wilderness (continued)
    Coffee In The Wilderness (continued)
    Coffee In The Wilderness (continued)
    So How Do You Think We Got This TR Title?
    So How Do You Think We Got This TR Title? (cont)
    So How Do You Think We Got This TR Title? (cont)
    So How Do You Think We Got This TR Title? (cont)
    They Are More Interesting Than You!
    They Are More Interesting Than You! (cont)
    They Are More Interesting Than You! (cont)
    The Tiki Tiki Room
    The Tiki Tiki Room (cont)
    The Tiki Tiki Room (cont)
    The Tiki Tiki Room (cont)
    Poly Pool Play
    Poly Pool Play (continued)
    Shorts & T's
    Shorts & T's (continued)
    Shorts & T's (continued)
    Shorts & T's (continued)
    Two Never Dones Down

    Saturday, October 20, 2012​


    Toy Story Crush
    Toy Story Crush (Continued)
    Toy Story Crush (Continued)
    Moving on Up to the E (Epcot) Side
    Moving on Up to the E Side (continued)
    Moving on Up to the E Side (continued)
    Moving on Up to the E Side (continued)
    Anyone Want a T-shirt?
    Anyone Want a T-shirt? (continued)
    Anyone Want a T-shirt? (continued)
    Anyone Want a T-shirt? (continued)
    A Room With a View
    A Room With a View (continued)
    Surviving the World Showcase
    Surviving the WS (continued)
    Surviving the WS (continued)
    Surviving the WS (continued)

    Sunday October 21, 2012​


    Front Row Rocks!
    Front Row Rocks (continued)
    Front Row Rocks (continued)
    It's Devine!
    It's Devine! (continued)
    It's Devine! (continued)
    Replacing the Irreplaceable
    Replacing the Irreplaceable (continued)
    Here-Take A Sip!
    Here-Take A Sip! (con't)
    Here-Take A Sip! (con't)
    Here-Take A Sip! (con't)
    Where the Cows are Happier
    Where the Cows are Happier (con't)
    Where the Cows are Happier (con't)
    Food, Wine, Music, and Jokes!
    Alfresco
    Alfresco (cont'd)
    Alfresco (cont'd)
    Heartbreak in HHI (A True Life Update)
    Late Night in the Studio
    Late Night in the Studio (con't)
    Late Night in the Studio (con't)
    Angry Eyes

    Monday October 22, 2012

    The Wildest Ride
    The Wildest Ride (con't)
    Jamming With Some Bears
    Jamming With Some Bears (con't)
    Parting Ways
    Parting Ways(con't)
    Ups and Downs
    Ups and Downs (con't)
    Last Food & Wine Visit
    Soarin or Cynthia? (plus HHI pics)
    HHI Pics
    HHI Pics
    All Good Things Must Come to An End
    Guess the Tee!
    Viral Duckies
    Viral Duckies (continued)
    Viral Duckies (continued)
    The Lone Traveler
    The Lone Traveler (con't)
    The Lone Traveler (con't)
    The Reveal
    The Reveal (con't)
    The Madame
    The Madame (con't)
    The Madame (con't)
    Todd & Paul ID'd
    49.5 Pounds
    49.5 Pounds (con't)
    49.5 Pounds (con't)
    49.5 Pounds (con't)
    49.5 Pounds (con't)
    Firsts, Favorites, and Final Thoughts
    Firsts, Favorites, and Final Thoughts (con't)
    Firsts, Favorites, and Final Thoughts (con't)
    Firsts, Favorites, and Final Thoughts (con't)
    Firsts, Favorites, and Final Thoughts (con't)
    Firsts, Favorites, and Final Thoughts (con't)
    Firsts, Favorites, and Final Thoughts (con't)
     
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  3. MEK

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    Sorry Gaston, They are MUCH More Interesting Than You​


    Welcome to my newest Trip Report. Actually, "our" newest Trip Report as this is a joint venture between myself and eandesmom (Cynthia). Since Cynthia is still hard at work on her summer trip report, I will be the main narrator. Cynthia will be stopping by to add her own version of the events.

    This was my first time at Food & Wine and I completely understand now why everyone raves about it. It was Fantastic. So. Much. Fun. I can't wait to till you all about it. But all I'm going to say now is - If you haven't been you NEED to go. Stop whatever it is you are doing now and start planning for next year.

    The Details:

    Dates: October 16-23, 2012

    Locations: Villas of Wilderness Lodge for 4 nights and the Boardwalk Villas for three.

    This is actually the second time Cynthia and I roomed together. We met right here on the DIS boards and we live about as far away as possible. I live on the East Coast in Delaware and Cynthia lives on the West Coast in Seattle.

    I think its pretty cool that the DIS boards brought us together and I am sure we will be live long friends. We met in May 2010 during our infamous East meets West trip. If you are interested in that trip - see the link below.

    Here we are 18 months later

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    We also had a partner in crime during this trip. Meet Poolrat Pat. You going to see a lot of her during this trip report.

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    So stick with us, buckle up, and enjoy the ride. This was a trip filled with lots of fun, laughter, good food, good wine, and plenty of DIS meets. Trust me, there is never a dull moment on this trip.

    Oh - and Trip Report Title - You can thank Cynthia for that. She is the creative one!
     
  4. MEK

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    No Alarm Necessary

    Aren't departure days the best? That feeling of energy that hits you the moment your alarm rings. Or in my case, no alarm was even necessary because I woke up before it ever went off.

    I remember grabbing my phone, looking at the time, and thinking "Woo Hoo, I'm going to Disney today".

    October 16th was a Tuesday and I made arrangements with Denny to take me to the airport. I was scheduled to fly out of Philadelphia at 9am.

    Hmmm…. I think I still look a little sleepy here

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    ME tags in place

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    Reading material

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    My Disney bag. I love this bag.

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    Trying to get another self-portrait in the car

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    Rush hour traffic heading into Philly

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    Getting close

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    Drop-off was uneventful and I did curbside check-in, which I love. Quick and painless.

    Then I headed through security and treated myself to a smoothie because I really wasn't terribly hungry yet. Sorry, No picture!

    While waiting I had a great view of the city

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    Southwest was also decorated for Halloween. Love it!

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    My flight

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    I was in a B boarding group and I selected a seat between two men. Hey, why not? They were both nice guys. Even though we didn't really have much dialogue, they seemed nice enough and it was a quick flight.

    Towards the end of the flight there were a group of woman sitting in the rows ahead of me. Suddenly they started discussing their plans. Seems they were all flying down for some type of women in law lawyers convention. The whole trip was a write-off and these ladies had big plans for F&W themselves. Sounded like fun. We all got to chatting about our park plans and our Disney favorites.

    It was nice to be at the airport at 1130, but as well all know, it took a bit longer to deplane.

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    When Denny and I travel we always rent a car, but I've taken ME enough to remember that Magical Express is on the B side and Southwest lands at the A terminal.

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    I made a quick stop for some water and then headed down to DME to find my bus.

    Not my line

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    Here's my line

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    When I got in line it was around 12:10. The line was LONG. I was surprised and I actually started to wonder whether I would get on the bus. I was pretty far back. I checked FB and checked email and probably texted Cynthia that I was there. I think her flight was getting ready to board or maybe she had already left.

    Before I knew it, it was 12:30 and a woman in line asked if she should catch a cab. She said she was supposed to be at a conference session at the Grand Floridian at 1pm and if she was late she would not be admitted. She spoke with one of the DME employees who was absolutely no help. I felt bad for her. When the DME employee told her she would definitely be late and she should catch a cab, she asked what the price would be. When she heard the answer she said, "forget about it".

    And with that our DME bus appeared.

    Did I get on?

    Yup.

    But I was pretty far back in the bus.

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    Mickey motif

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    No one sat with me, which was nice.

    On the way

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    There was no way I could get the signature picture to prove I was entering Disney property. Instead, I got this…..

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    and this……

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    Camp Peaceful?

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    At about 1pm we were pulling up to the Poly

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    Get on out you Poly people

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    Only a handful of people got off here


     
  5. MEK

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    Onward to the Grand Floridian

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    Lots of construction going on here

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    What a gorgeous resort. I can't wait until the DVC addition is finished.

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    Onward to the Wilderness Lodge. Passing Shades of Green

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    Getting real close now

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    UP Next…..VWL arrival and will my room be ready?
     
  6. Sam33

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    That is easily the cutest bag I've ever seen!
    And F&W was a blast. We only got one day there...I need to go back!
     
  7. MEK

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    :welcome: Sam! Thanks for joining in!

    Thanks for the compliment on the bag.

    F&W was definitely the BEST! :thumbsup2 Loved it!
     
  8. IheartDDuck

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    Yay!!!!!!!
     
  9. KatMark

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    I'm here...now back to read (I didn't want to do responses on my TR tonight anyway :lmao::lmao::lmao:).

    Great start. This is going to be one great TR...you and Cynthia, an dPat thrown in too. I can hardly contain my excitement.

    Glad you got on the bus...even if it was the back of the bus.
     
  10. jecskc

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    I'm here !!

    YAY for a girls trip !! I dream of doing one of those sometime. Right now, though, my family would lynch me if I tried to go without them.

    I agree that Food and Wine is an amazing time to go. I can't wait to see what you guys ate !!

    I am so excited about the Grand Floridian DVC units. The points will probably be insane, but I REALLY want to stay there !!

    Yay for Wilderness Lodge. We really enjoyed our time there in September.

    Looking forward to reading more !!

    Susan
     
  11. PracPerfPatricia

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    Woohoo...:cool1:

    This is going to be good...:cool1:

    Great Peeps, Great Resorts and based on the aforementioned great peeps... probs some great food and adult beverages...

    Totally Ready...

    popcorn::
     
  12. jenseib

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    Thanks for the bat signal!
     
  13. mickeystoontown

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    Yay! Looking forward to reading all about the trip!
     
  14. marDgreen88

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    I'm here! Sounds like it'll be a lot of fun!

    Oh, and your bag is just PRECIOUS. :cutie:
     
  15. glennbo123

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    Signing on. Can't wait to read all about it!
     
  16. Poolrat

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    Here !!!!!


    I really enjoyed that trip.
     
  17. Millie12591

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    Woo to the Hoo!!! :woohoo:

    An new TR, from MEK!! :thumbsup2

    Can't wait to hear and see it all through your eyes again. ::yes::
     
  18. TanzUnited99

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    Hey Mary Ellen, thanks for the heads up on the new TR! I'm totally on board for this one! :cool1:

    Love the name and that you met Poolrat Pat many times during the trip. Eek on the wait for the ME bus but you got some pretty pictures of the resorts.

    Looking forward to reading more!
    Tanz :)
     
  19. Stringbean&Wingnut

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    I'm here!!!! Can't wait to hear all about your trip!!! :banana:
     
  20. natebenma

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    :cool1::woohoo::yay:

    Thanks for starting!!! So far, so good! Love the pictures of you and Cynthia and of the 3 of you!

    I'm glad you were able to get onto the ME bus- even though you missed the Welcome sign picture, you got some great shots from the window. Wow, that is a lot of stuff going on at GF.

    Hope you are able to keep track of that book for the whole trip!

    :banana::banana::banana:
     
  21. dawnbu40

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    You're off to a great start :) I can't wait to read more!
     

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