Team Renfroe's 2nd Trip Report - 1,500 pictures, dining reviews, and DISmeets!

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  1. ckdsnynt

    ckdsnynt DIS Veteran

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    Well, darn. I guess I am going to have to get out a MS map and check this out!

    Well, yes, I do manage to tolerate my son, :rotfl2: but sometimes, he makes it difficult!:lmao: Such as, when I babysit for them so they can have a night out (when I go see the little whippersnappers!). He leaves me a list of "reminders" of do's and don't's! Did he forget that I raised him and he turned out just fine?:laughing: Anyway, as soon as they are out the drive, the list goes with him! More or less! We do the important things, like no candy for meals, no jumping on the furniture, no setting fires, etc. But the silly rules (like not wearing your swimsuit in the house). Hey, that's a dumb rule so we just kinda forget that one! DDIL is okay with enforcing the main rules, just DS that's a stickler. I get my share of lectures! My rule of thumb is, enforce the rules that will get DGD in trouble when I leave because I don't want her to get in trouble and make her life difficult after I am gone. I think both her parents probably know that's what is going on anyway! It's just really hard when the other set of grandparents get to see the grandkids several times a week. They really don't know how lucky they are! Not complaining about them, they are very nice people and they raised a great daughter. I truly love my DIL. Sorry, OT.

    Alan: great success I see. Couldn't happen to a nicer family!
     
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  3. alan_renfroe

    alan_renfroe DIS Veteran

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    Thanks! Sure - here is the web address: bfdawgs.com

    LOL!! Yeah, I thought you would get a kick out of that picture! Those Orange Grand Marnier Slushies are awesome on a hot day!

    It certainly was a pleasure getting to meet you and your family. Thanks for the great wishes on the restaurant!

    YAY! Things are going well with the restaurant!

    Thanks! I'm hoping we continue to do well also. So far, so good!

    Thanks, Christine. We figured in these tough economic times you can at least count on these things: (1) people have got to eat, (2) people have lifestyles that require them to eat out frequently, (3) people are more likely to eat out if there is an inexpensive product. So far, it seems to be working well! We are already discussing the possibility of building another B.F. Dawgs in another college town.

    Well, we'll be paying off debts for quite a while, but afterwards....WOO HOO!

    The Smokey Mountain Sundae has been a hit so far!

    We have been so busy, we haven't even taken any pictures! I will get some and post them.

    Thanks very much!

    Well, I don't know about the marketing aspect. One of the cool things about living in a small town is that EVERYBODY will try something new. SO, we are seeing that initial surge of folks who are just curious to experience the new restaurant in town! That being said, we have had numerous repeat customers already.

    Although it is tough to find time to do everything, this report WILL CONTINUE!

    What's up IUM! Thanks for the well-wishes.

    Thanks very much!

    Thanks, Kathy! We are very excited...but tired!
     
  4. ckdsnynt

    ckdsnynt DIS Veteran

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    Alan: I think you hit on a perfect product - hot dogs. Can't go wrong with those! Almost everybody loves them or at least can find some type they can eat with the menu you have! Congrats again! Don't wear yourself down too much!:thumbsup2
     
  5. alan_renfroe

    alan_renfroe DIS Veteran

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    Thanks very much! Tell your hubby to be sure to let us know he's the one from the DISboards - i just think that is cool! Oh, and if you like the Rocket, you should try the Memphis dawg. Awesome!

    Thanks very much! More of the report is on the way.

    YAY! Thanks Rosie!

    Thanks Brooke. Since that first day, everything seems to be coming together much better. We still don't have it all figured out - but at least we are doing a good job of faking it! You are right about word of mouth - we've been getting a lot of folks from other restaurants coming in because their customers have been telling them about good our hot dogs are! That's cool!

    Oh, I SOOOOO want us to be on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives! We are a total dive, complete with decopage tables, vintage Coca-Cola items, and root beer floats!

    Thanks, Kara! We are very thrilled for all of this to be happening. As busy as we are, we VOW to not let life get in the way of our DISboarding!

    Thanks a bunch! The report will continue after this post.

    Thanks very much!

    Thanks, SunnieRN! More on the report is coming up.

    Thanks, DisneyJo. So far, so good!

    Survive is a very accurate word. It was insanity, but in a good way! Our original plan was to have a staff of about 6 or 7. We hired our 15th employee yesterday!

    Thanks very much! To quote early R.E.M. - I am (I am), I am Super Man, and I can do anything.

    Too hot in Alabama right now for a tutu. Perhaps a thong? :rotfl2:

    Awww....thanks!
     
  6. alan_renfroe

    alan_renfroe DIS Veteran

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    So when we last left off, we were all having a wonderful time at the Mammoth May Meet. Ellen had arranged for a PhotoPass photographer and a group photo of everyone. And in true Disney-Magic-Fashion, Disney had arranged for a special character to come to the meet!

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    The Mammoth May Meet turned out to be a huge success! It was like a big family reunion....only without the your cousin Eddie showing up! We had a wonderful time meeting everyone and it really brought the DISboards to life for us. :grouphug:

    When we were getting our group photo made, there were actually passers by that were taking pictures of our group as well! I think they thought we were famous or something! I tried to take a picture of other people taking OUR picture!

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    After having a great time at the meet, several of us decided to walk to the U.K. for a beer at the Rose & Crown. Jason (colinsdad) made good on a promise and bought my first beer - a Guiness, of course!

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    Here are a few pictures of our group at the Rose & Crown:

    From left to right: Lonnie, Cammie (camster0307), Ellen (podsnel), Kara (below Ellen) (karajeboo), and Jason (colinsdad).

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    My son, Wil, took this picture for us. From left to right: JohnEric, Lonnie, Cammie, Ellen, Kara, Jason, and me.

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    Wil was such a good sport, Cammie insisted that we take a picture of him taking a picture of us!

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    For about a year now, we've been reading Cammie's trip reports. My daughter, Juliana, thinks that Cammie's youngest daughter, Lauren, is the greatest thing EVAH!! She was SOOOO hoping to meet Lauren....but Cammie of course was on the DIS Mom's Gone Wild trip, sans children. Anyway, Juliana insisted on buying Lauren a gift and having Cammie take it back to her. We made sure to get a picture of Juliana and Cammie holding up the photos of her two daughters, Amanda and Lauren.

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    Lauren, being the polite young lady that she is, wrote Juliana a very nice thank you note and mailed it to her. It thrilled Juliana to DEATH!!! She is all about this DISboard thing! We are hopeful that we can meet up with Cammie sometime when the girls are with her. Of course, we are hopeful that we get an opportunity to meet up with EVERYONE from MMM again! We really met some wonderful friends!

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    After saying goodbye to everyone, alas it was time to leave the group and continue our vacation.

    Coming up next - dinner at 'Ohana....and LOTS of it!

    Alan


     
  7. micandminforever

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    Thanks for posting the pictures, everyone looks so happy. You can tell everyone was having a blast.party: It was great about your surprise guest.

    Congratulations on your continued success at the restaurant.
     
  8. stepdisney

    stepdisney <font color=red>Jambo Wildbunch Gang<br><font colo

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    Aw. I wish that I could have made it. You have to plan a trip during free dining some time. It is super value season and we'd all love to have a mega mammoth meet meet II. Great pictures.
     
  9. lovedonaldduck

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    Great pictures of everyone, looks like you all had a blast!

    Can't wait to hear about Ohana, we will be there in less than 2 months!
     
  10. crocko

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    Very fun.....and cool that they sent Aurora out to join in for some fun and pics.
     
  11. LOVEMY3KIDDOS

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    Another great update! How sweet of your daughter to buy that gift! Can't wait for your Ohana review. We are planning on going there and have heard a lot of great things about it!
     
  12. pmama

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    Wow, there really are a lot of people staring in the picture you took while posing. In fact, I think everyone is staring.:lmao:
     
  13. karajeboo

    karajeboo DISmom by land and by sea!

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    Can the board really handle TWO I'm Too Sexy pics???? :rotfl2:
     
  14. podsnel

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    Well, if it can, I'm sure I'll be the one to take it!:rolleyes: That meet was a great time- i LOVE that you took a pic of the people taking our picture- that was sooo hilarious!!!:rotfl2:
     
  15. alan_renfroe

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    OMG! Kara, I JUST NOW saw this post! You, my friend, are HILARIOUS!!! The Renfroe's were so blessed just to be in your presence!! :worship: WE ARE NOT WORTHY!
     
  16. alan_renfroe

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    Absolutely!!! What could be better than meeting new friends, drinking beer, being on vacation at Disney World??? Yep - we were definitely happy!

    I would love to go during free dining, but my job prohibits me from being off very much during the fall season. I LOVE the MEGA mammoth idea!

    Ahhh....Ohana....wish I was going there for dinner tonight!

    Yeah, we thought that was a neat touch that Disney arranged for a character to come out and meet with our group. It made us feel special!

    Juliana is a sweet girl. In the weeks leading up to our trip, she was so captivated with Lauren in Cammie's trip report from Feb.

    I know right? I just thought it was hilarious that other people who were NOT part of our group wanted to stop and get our group photo. Hmm...

    ABSO-freakin-LUTELY! (I had to go back a few pages to catch this one...but now I'm up to speed. Sorry!)

    Hi Ellen! As I am looking back at these pictures, it makes me realize just what a great time we really did have! Next time, we may have to carve out a little more R&C time....maybe even ADRs and a meal. :idea:
     
  17. alan_renfroe

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    So after leaving our new-found friends at the Rose & Crown, we walked back over to France to pick up a French rolling pin Elizabeth had been wanting since she first saw it last year.

    While in the shops, we found several t-shirts and aprons that would've been SOOO perfect for Elizabeth!

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    After that, we started heading back over to Future World. It was now about 5:00pm and we had reservations at 'Ohana at 6:45pm. Wil was really wanting to do the Universe of Energy, since we had never experienced that attraction before.

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    Usually there is little or no wait for this attraction, but we must've shown up at the wrong time. We waited...and waited....and finally the doors opened about 5:20pm. I happened to notice a sign that said the attraction lasted for about 45 minutes. Since we still had to catch a monorail and then change monorails at the TTC, I didn't think we had enough time for the attraction. Wil was NOT happy with me at all. I think all of us were really very tired and drained from the sun at this point....and starting to get cranky. Despite Wil's protests, we headed for the exit and the monorail. We took a few pics along the way:

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    We caught the monorail to the TTC, then changed to the resort monorail.

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    We finally arrived at 'Ohana. On our last trip, we had eaten breakfast here and loved it. We had been very excited about this meal for a long time.

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    I was just soooo tired. I had planned to try the Lapu Lapu....but I knew if I had a drink I would probably pass out from exhaustion.

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    This day had been a wonderful day....but the heat had really gotten to me. It was the only day of the entire trip that we did not have a mid-day break of some sort...and now we were paying the price.

    So, what's the cure for that? A big dinner, of course! Our review of dinner at 'Ohana is coming up next.

    Alan



     
  18. Shazzie B

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    Hope you liked Ohana dinner as much as we did:goodvibes
     
  19. karajeboo

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    It WAS hot that day, wasn't it????? I was afraid to drink much and just kept guzzling water that afternoon. Of course, the girls changed my mind later on.... peer pressure! :rolleyes1

    But at least it was a DRY day.......
     
  20. englishrose47

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    Great Update as usual Alan !!!Ellen has been busy amusing us with ITSK in your absence:lmao:What I really wanta know is How is the Hot Dawg Businesss !!!!????:banana:
    You said aug/ sept free dining was out , well how about June of 2012 for the Peep Fest ??????:banana:
     
  21. portocall

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    So glad the business gave you a minute to provide us with some updates... now that review of Ohana... I hope that it was everything you were hoping for!

    Too bad you couldn't make time for the Universe of Energy... you might have found a 45 minute afternoon break you were looking for. I don't know why but I had always found that ride a bit of a snooze, but great for aching feet!
     

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