The MCLOVINS Hit the World - HARD!!!!! *COMPLETED*

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  1. __disneygirl

    __disneygirl well, all that's left now is the happy ending.

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    Day 3, Part 3 In Which.....AY DIOS MIO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Club Cool should be called CLUB FREAKING AWESOME.

    I get that it needs to be the word "cool" because it's cool in there and all but I don't care. Once I buy Disney World I will change the name, don't you worry. Also: to the GIRLS OF THE DIS who are starring in my sexy calendar with me, I think we should do one of the winter months in there and then one at one of the Christmas shops. It's something to think about. Anyway, let me know.

    Moving on.

    So yeah, Mom said that she was thirsty and was going to get a drink, but I stopped her and decided this would be the perfect opportunity to be our first of three thousand visits to Club Cool. Mom had never experienced this before but I knew she would love it. She recently gave up Coca Cola to be healthier and I couldn't believe she was able to do it because it was definitely an addiction! Coke only though. No Pepsi. Not as good. BY FAR!!! She also loves any kind of good deal and is obsessed with coupons and stuff so I knew that the chance to drink Coke products for free would be exciting for her. I had told her many times how much I love Club Cool, but my love for it, I see now, is nothing compared to hers!

    My favorite flavor by far is the Watermelon soda from China, I could drink it all day. I also really really like the coke with a spot of orange in it from Germany. I usually only drink those two. My mom was trying each and every one slowly, savoring each sip. I wasn't mean enough to trick her into trying the Beverly like some do ("It's the most delicious soda from Italy! You absolutely must try it!") so I warned her about it but she wanted to try all of them. I've never tried it myself, though I am curious. The face she made showed that she was truly displeased by the Beverly. I asked her to describe the taste and she said "Chemicals!" Blech. Her favorite ended up being the Watermelon also and she just kept repeating how freaking awesome this place is.

    A few gallons of soda later, we made our way out of there making sticky noises on the floor as usual.

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    I took some pictures of the Lion King Flower and Garden Festival topiaries.

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    Was it necessary for Simba to have Crazy Eyes? Honestly. I feel like this is one of those funny tricks like on that Little Mermaid VHS cover where you can clearly see a man's....... private part. Or how in Lion King you can see the word sex in the clouds. You know, like Hidden Mickeys, but dirty. Except this one just makes Simba look like had a cocktail of adderall and vodka. I DON'T KNOW, okay, I'm just throwing this out there.

    Ah, good ol' Disney.

    Now, the topiaries really are incredible and I really like them, but I gotta say I can take or leave the F&G festival. I think it's just because I ALWAYS notice the beautiful flower arrangements all around Walt Disney World. I think what they do all year round is incredible so when they add some topiaries I'm not that stunned by it. I mean, I have pictures I took of their gardens as a kid cause I thought they were so beautiful. I don't know, I'm just not AMAZED by the whole thing as some people are. I think Epcot is just so spectacular on it's own that the topiaries were kind of an afterthought for me. Also, we completely and totally missed the butterfly garden and the Princess Tiana one, all that stuff we had NO IDEA was even there and I do not know why at all or what happened. Maybe I just didn't get the full F&G fest experience. Or maybe it's just that it pales in comparison to the Food and Wine Festival. Everything in life does.

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    It was time for some thrills, so we headed over to Test Track first...

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    The wait was super long though so we decided to save that for another day.

    Next up: Mission Space. During our whole trip, the wait here was constantly short. No longer than 10 minutes and usually not even that. This is one of my favorite attractions. It is just genius. I do not know of another experience you can have that can give you the feeling that you get while on this ride, short of actual space travel. When I say it's incredible, it feels like such a cheap word, like they need to come up with something better to describe what happens to you physically when you ride this.

    This is going to sound terrible but it's how I feel: the fact that they had to create a tamer version because the regular one was having horrible effects on some people just makes me want to ride it more. What's better promotion for a thrill ride than "We had to tone it down because people were vomiting and having heart attacks and other various episodes." For real.

    I usually don't take the tamer version of anything in life so off I went to the EXTREME TRAINING orange experience while my mom went for the green one. The green wait was posted as longer, and that remained throughout the trip. It makes me sad that most people can't experience the more intense training level because it is an experience not of this earth. No pun intended.

    My mom was a bit wary of the Orange side even though she went on it in 2006 before they even had a tamer version. She chose the green side just to be safe.

    One of my favorite things about this ride is how many times they warn you about it before you actually get on it. It reminds me of in the movies when someone keeps seeing signs that say DANGER! TURN BACK NOW! DON'T GO THIS WAY! LEAVE BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!

    So, what always happens to me while I'm on Mission Space (aka Mission Sinise) is that I get put into a spaceship with people who do not speak English at all. For some reason, they are usually Spanish and loud. PLEASE DO NOT ASK. I do not know why. I'm the kind of person who enjoys loud Spaniards so it really isn't a problem for me. It's just kind of odd when the pressure is so high and everything is intense and serious and my brain feels like it may explode from this feeling and I'm just wondering what the F is going on and how Disney is doing this and what exactly is happening to my body and then I hear a chorus of "AY DIOS MIO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    Every. Time.

    I remember the first time I went on this I broke the rules. Gary Sinise firmly tells you that you should keep your head BACK and look forward at all times or you will become disoriented. Well, obviously I didn't listen, why would I? At at the most intense moment, I turned my head to the side.

    The feeling was unlike anything I have ever experienced or even heard of. I don't even know how to describe it without sounding insane but just listen to Sinise - KEEP THAT HEAD FORWARD!

    It felt like my head hadn't really moved. Like, my eyes were seeing to the left somehow, like my soul had left my body, but my head was still facing forward. Even though I KNEW, in my brain, that I had moved my head, and I could see to the left of me, I FELT as if my head was still facing forward.

    Yeah. Mind blown. Kinda understanding why they need a tame version of this ish. Craziness.

    We both waited less than 5 minutes and came out almost at the same time. I've never done the green side, the orange one is just too mind blowing for me to waste time on the other one, and mom said she probably could have done the orange one with no problem because the green one was totally lame compared to her memory of the regular version from 2006.

    Mom was getting really tired and was complaining that her feet were killing her. She was also hungry again, and I realized I was getting pretty hungry myself. Our dinner ADR was a late one so we tried to think of what CS place we wanted for lunch. We both agreed we were dying for Wolfgang Puck's (yes, again!) so we went back to Downtown Disney.

    I would have taken pictures, but we ate the exact same thing as we did on Day 1! The Four Cheese Pesto Pizza and side of mac and cheese. We shared both. Oh, I may as well post the pictures again:

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    GOD THIS MAKES ME HUNGRY!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I also got one of the sugar cookies that looked soooo delicious. I snuck a squeeze before I purchased it (the cookies sit in baskets on the counter, covered in plastic). I need my cookies to be a bit soft! Not so much that they melt away in your hands, but enough that they do not crunch. This one was PERFECT! Wolfgang Puck can do no wrong in my book. I may marry him.

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    We had the same server as on Day 1, this adorably sweet man who had been my server the first time I visited in Oct 2008! I hope he's still there on our next trip. And for the rest of our lives quite frankly. After our delectable lunch, we decided to head back to CBR for some much needed relaxation before our dinner ADR.

    Our ADR was for Crystal Palace. Now, I enjoy Crystal Palace quite a lot but they do not have Cheddar Cheese Soup which is a huge problem. Now, I told y'all during my PTR that I would get us into Le Cellier if it killed me. I needed that soup. To survive. That may sound dramatic but I am an actress so take me or leave me. Crystal Palace was our back-up ADR. Please don't flame me, it's not like we actually HAD a Le Cellier reservation and made one at CP for a back-up, CP was the only ADR we had. I would never make multiple ADRs on the same night knowing Disney is so booked up and so many families are wanting ADRs.

    As determined as I was to get into Le Cellier, I was pretty sure we were going to be having dinner with Pooh and the gang that night because I just didn't see how, short of flashing the host (I was hoping for a man or a lesbian, or even a straight girl/gay guy who was just bored), I was going to get us into this freaking place. I wasn't going to lie to them, I wasn't going to make up some fake story and stress the Cast Members out thinking they lost our ADR. But I had to come up with something.

    I needed the freaking soup.

    Up Next: How to weasel your way into Le Cellier with no ADR.
     
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  3. __disneygirl

    __disneygirl well, all that's left now is the happy ending.

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    Hmmmmmm. Good point. Yikes. Who knows with this show? That's what I love about it!
     
  4. RAPstar

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    Gah! Get to Le Cellier already!!! lol Kidding of course. Great update. I love the yellow flowers!
     
  5. yinyanggirls

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    I'm quite certain that the server at DTD wants the very same thing. :rotfl2:
     
  6. MarieTheCat24

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    First of all, I AM OBSESSED WITH THE WATERMELON SODA. IT IS THE MOST AMAZING THING. This year, as I was downing cup after cup, I couldn't help but think that it would be amazing as a frozen drink. Seriously Disney, hook me up with a Watermelon Soda Slushie. I got brave and tried the Beverly for the first time this year, but you'll have to wait until we get to that part of my TR to hear my thoughts on it. ;)

    I AM DYING LAUGHING AT THE FACT THAT THE TIMON AND PUMBAA TOPIARIES ARE LABELED. How could anyone go to Disney and NOT know who Timon and Pumbaa are? I don't even.

    Love your description of Mission:Space. I've never ridden it (and never will) because I am terribly claustrophobic and am basically afraid of everything.

    THAT COOKIE LOOKS SO GOOD. I WANT ONE RIGHT NOW.

    I ABSOLUTELY CANNOT WAIT TO HEAR HOW YOU MANAGED TO GET INTO LE CELLIER. I'm sure it's quite the story, so don't keep us waiting too long. :rotfl:

    And regarding PLL:
    I definitely think Melissa is A. And yeah, I'm pretty sure she and Ian (WHO I CAN'T STOP THINKING OF AS THE KID FROM "SMART HOUSE". DURING THE FLASHBACK TO HIS MAKEOUT SESSION WITH SPENCER, I WAS WAITING FOR PAT TO MATERIALIZE AND YELL AT HIM.) are in on it. A is obviously more than one person, or atleast he/she is getting intel from more than one person. Melissa being A also goes along with the fact that, if I'm remembering correctly, the Hastings' house is the only one that A has actually been in.

    I'm also disappointed that Ian is supposedly the one who killed Allison. I was hoping for more of a shock. I mean, we know nothing about him aside from the fact that he likes teenage girls. I wanted something a bit jucier. But, I guess this could all just be some giant fake out and it wasn't Ian who did it.

    I was really excited that Hanna found out about Aria and Ezra, but now I'm expecting her to wake up with amnesia after being hit by the car. I mean, there's no way the writers are going to let her remember who A is. And also, I LOVE that Hanna just sat BY HERSELF in the dark creepy woods fully knowing that a murderer could be out there. I wasn't sure I'd like her at first, but now Hanna's one of my favorite characters.

    Although, the title of My Favorite Character goes to Spencer. I LOVE THAT GIRL. I love how proud of herself she was while doing her detective work. The fact that she had been counting steps made me smile.

    Yuki, that's interesting that you think it could be Spencer. She hasn't been targeted as much by A, but if Melissa is A, she doesn't need to send threatening texts when she can "target" Spencer everyday. And this is kinda out there, but maybe A/Melissa is ignoring Spencer because she's going to wind up trying to frame her. It's quite possible that it was actually Melissa who killed Allison (after finding out that she and Ian were hooking up), but because she is a vindictive b**** she's gonna make everyone think that Spencer did it.

    Anyway, I don't know. I just can't believe they're going to make us wait until January for more. I mean, ABC Family had to know this would be a popular show. Why not order more episodes initially? And I'm torn, do I wait it out until the show comes back, or do I read the books and spoil myself for the show? I think I'm just going to wait it out because I am enjoying this show far too much to ruin it.
     
  7. PrincessCaitlin

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    I never noticed before that Simba's eyes were like that :laughing:

    I am glad that you can take or leave the F&G Festival. I was worried about going to Epcot in a couple weeks and feeling like it was bare since I usually go during the Festival. I really need to go during Food & Wine though!

    I also love Mission Space! I think any time of year you go it has a short wait. I love the little film and the button pushing that goes with it plus one of my favorite Disney memories happened in line for that ride when I met Corbin Bleu.

    That cookie looks delicious!

    Can't wait to hear about how you got into Le Cellier!
     
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    LOVING the Girls of the Dis Calendar! I'm sitting here laughing to myself over the possibilties.

    I've heard nothing but horror stories of Mission Space (like, my sister had to go back to the room and vomit for the rest of the day), so I've only tried the tame version, and that was so boring (the only word I can think of) that I've never wanted to go back. But I get so easily motion sick anymore that I don't dare try the orange side. I guess there's no happy middle ground. :confused3

    Simba's crazy eyes remind me of the guy I sat across from on the train this morning. :eek: <-- Sorta like that.
     
  9. __disneygirl

    __disneygirl well, all that's left now is the happy ending.

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    HOLD YOUR HORSES!! It's coming!! Worth the wait, too, I imagine. ;)

    Of course he does! Have you tasted the food there?

    I feel as though I've just read a book and it's wonderful!!!!!!

    Ok:

    ~Now you've done it! I can not get watermelon soda slushies out of my mind!!!!

    ~The Le Cellier thing is just insane and I will be posting it soon. I want to try and update more often because if I keep going at this pace, I won't finish by the time I *want to, who knows if it will really happen* go to Disney next!

    ~PLL. I KNOW, that actor, Ryan Merriman, has been around forever and is in so many random things that I can't even really focus on his character in this.

    ~I didn't even realize that A had only been in the Hastings' house. VERY INTERESTING!! It's gotta be Melissa and Ian.

    ~It does suck that Ian is the killer, you're right, I don't really care. I wanted it to be someone we've known about the whole time. These stories are tricky to write though. You've got to be so good to weave a good murder mystery plot together. A perfect example of this is Season 1 of Veronica Mars, which, if you haven't seen... my God, stop your life and go do it now.

    ~Of course Hanna will not remember anything. So annoying.

    ~I was thinking the same thing! I avoid the woods at all costs. I'm not ending up like those Blair Witch kids. No chance. And if I did have to go in them, I would have weapons. In fact, if any of this was happening to me I would by a bunch of guns and keep them in various places around and in my house and car and then keep one on me too.

    ~I like Spencer too. The only one I really am not crazy about is Emily. She's just uninteresting except when she's with Toby. I know a lot of people appreciate the "I am probably gay but struggling with it" storyline, and so do I, but her and Maya are so normal they're just boring to me, I don't know.

    ~You know how life is. January 2011 will be here before you know it. I don't want to read the books because I'm too into the show. Also, I heard that the person who is A in the books may be changed b/c they want to surprise everyone. We'll see I guess!
     
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    __disneygirl well, all that's left now is the happy ending.

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    The F&G fest is definitely worth seeing but it is NOTHING compared to the Food and Wine Festival which I die for.

    That's cool about Corbin. My friend met him at Typhoon Lagoon. He seems to go to Disney a lot!

    That makes me so sad about Mission: Space. It's so amazing that I think I'd do it even if I knew I'd be vomiting afterward. Yeah, I love it that much. It's just the most insane feeling and I now that I've had it I don't want to give it up. LOL I sound like a drug addict!

    Oh god, public transportation. Shudder. The worst part is that someone on the train/bus always forgets to shower that day. There's always at least one. Sigh.
     
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    Oooh! I got a great idea for one of the months for the calendar. One of the girls looking all foxy in a trench coat.........with pins on the inside. "Hey you, ya wanna buy a pin?"
     
  12. __disneygirl

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    This is BRILLIANT! Ok, who wants to be naked in the trenchcoat?
     
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    I'd do it but I'm not a "girl" girl. :(
     
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    HAHA If you couldn't tell, I get REALLY into my TV. Maybe instead of journalism, I should become a screenwriter...

    I'm with you on the guns. Like, that's the one thing about the show that bugs me. The girls really see no reason to take this to the police? I mean, I know they're afraid that A will reveal the Jenna thing, but GOOD GOD "A" WAS IN SPENCER'S BEDROOM!! I'd rather deal with whatever punishment might come my way than have to deal with a creepy stalker IN MY HOUSE. Especially now that they know it's a creepy stalker who isn't afraid to physically hurt/kill them (ie: running over Hanna).

    Yep, that's pretty much how I feel about Emily. She's just plain boring compared to the other girls.

    Oh, and this Girls of the DIS calendar is coming along quite nicely. At this rate, we can have it in stores in time for the Holiday season. :thumbsup2
     
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    Girl, I am so sorry I have been lacking on your TR. I have been just so busy since we've gotten home. And I hate it because I LOVE reading your TR!

    Wow, Simba's eyes ARE crazy! I can't believe I didn't notice that! :laughing:

    Okay...you have officially confirmed my decision not to go on MS. That ride just freaks me out...plus being claustrophobic doesn't help either. :rolleyes:

    OMG. I had that four cheese pesto pizza at Wolfgang Puck's!
     
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    You guys are so sweet, thanks so much!! :)

    We should totally get a big group trip together, that would be so awesome! Just like, rent out a whole building of CBR and entire restaurants so we can all eat together and everything :rotfl2:--so crazy!

    PS: Let me get a few more gym seshes in and I'll do the trenchcoat shoot ;)
     
  17. __disneygirl

    __disneygirl well, all that's left now is the happy ending.

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    Well, there is no discrimination on this trip report so join right in!!! :banana:

    LOL so do I. I'm that person who is sitting there SCREAMING at the TV as if the people can hear me.

    hahaha yeah, especially because A never said "DON'T INVOLVE THE POLICE OR I'LL KILL YOU" like in most of these situations. But I think this is just one of those plot holes where we have to suspend our disbelief and just say, Oh, it's a TV show, who cares.

    It's pretty much going to be the best thing anyone has ever seen. Hugh Hefner's career is obviously over because Girls of the DIS is going to take over everything sexy in print that ever was. Instead of the Playboy bunny we can use a Mickey head.

    No, tinkgurlfriend, I am so sorry I have been lacking on YOUR and Kristen's TR!! I am going to go do that right when I finish my replies cause yours are some of my favorite on the DIS :) Thanks for catching up on mine!!

    I am so into that renting out entire restaurants thing, I can not even tell you.
     
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    Aw disneygirlfriend, you are so sweet! :hug: It's okay. I understand how busy we all can get.
     
  19. __disneygirl

    __disneygirl well, all that's left now is the happy ending.

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    Day 3, Part 4 In Which We Cause Chaos In Canada


    Because of my crazy schedule, I never know exactly when i'm going to be at Disney World until it is TOO LATE. And by TOO LATE I mean TOO LATE TO GET A RESERVATION FOR LE CELLIER.

    Ah... Le Cellier.

    It is common knowledge that if you do not have an ADR for Le Cellier, your vacation is completely ruined and you may as well not even go.

    We booked our trip something like 36 days before we left, and so when I called Disney Dining and asked for a Le Cellier reservation, my request was met with hysterical laughter and a hang up. I called many more times, my Dreams Unlimited Travel agent tried endlessly, and nothing. We didn't get the ADR but STILL, we dared to make the trip down to Walt Disney World.

    The McLovins are not quitters. I refused to accept that I would not be eating Cheddar Cheese Soup on this trip. I kept telling myself we would eat there because we had to eat there. Period. This childlike optimism is what guides me through my show business "career" and it involves heavily deluding myself into thinking that it is all just going to work out. Somehow, someday, with a lot of hard work and determination... it will. IT WILL!

    As for my mom, at first she didn't care much. She did really want to try the Cheddar Cheese Soup, being that I had so raved about my experience/love affair with it when I first tried it during the Food and Wine Festival of 2008. She also loves steak, and wanted to know what all the Le Cellier fuss was about. It was not until I got extremely competitive and decided there was no way we weren't dining at Le Cellier that she started to drink the Kool Aid too. She also had decided that there was no possible way we weren't going to eat at Le Cellier.

    Mom figured that I had some plan and that I'd get us in with little problem, because I always somehow find my way into big events in Manhattan. That's because I've grown up around here and I know people. I just think it's funny that I can get passes to events with security detail and guests lists uploaded onto iPads, but had no idea how to get into some basement at Disney World to eat steak.

    Come on now, that's funny.

    Also embarrassing. Welcome to my life.

    As I said in the last chapter, we had a late ADR for Crystal Palace that I had made as soon as we booked our trip. I actually really wanted to try CP for dinner. We've been for breakfast and loved it. It would have been a perfectly nice dinner, but the fact that they don't have Cheddar Cheese Soup is unacceptable.

    We were now back at CBR taking a much needed rest before dinner. After naps, my mom showered while I sat there trying to think of what I could say to convince them to let us in. Should I pretend I have to vomit and RUN into the restaurant screaming GET OUT OF THE WAY!!!!!! and then slink out of there and sit at a table casually? That seemed risky, so I tried to come up with something else while holding that idea as a back-up.

    I know that everyone says to always ask for availability at the podium anyway, but I also knew that they were not letting people even wait to see if something would open up. A friend of mine had been there a week before and said she was willing wait an hour and they told her to not even bother.

    At this point I started getting excited for the Pooh and friends Crystal Palace buffet.

    Then, my mom came out of the shower and said the magic words: "How is your friend Barbara? Have you talked to her? Are you guys going to meet up at all?"

    Barbara is a friend of mine I met about two years ago. Her then boyfriend, now fiance, and her met while she was part of the college program at Disney World. I hadn't talked to her in awhile and didn't know her situation, but I assumed that they were back in Orlando and probably working at Disney. Hmm, I thought. Maybe she can get us into Le Cellier!! But I knew my mom wasn't even thinking of that when she brought it up, and I also felt bad just randomly texting her and being like HEY I NEED SOME VIP DISNEY ACCESS!! Cause I hate when people do stuff like that to me.

    But I did anyway. CHEDDAR CHEESE SOUP, you guys. CHEDDAR CHEESE SOUP!!!!!

    I texted her: "Barbara!!! Hey! Guess where I am right now? DISNEY WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!"

    She texted back not even a minute later: "OMG!!! I'm in New York, I was going to text you later this week and ask if you wanted to meet up, that so figures!"

    I told her what day we were leaving and it turns out that she was coming back to Orlando two days later, but she said that her fiance Dave was home in Orlando and working at Epcot.

    In Canada.

    CANADA!?!? I texted her: "That's so funny because we're headed there tonight! We want to go to Le Cellier so bad but you can not get in if your life depends on it!"

    She texted back: "Dave works there! I'll call him."

    My heart stopped and my breath escaped me. I peed my pants and then dropped to the ground. My body curled into the fetal position and I rocked back in forth in disbelief.

    OUT OF ALL THE PLACES AT WALT DISNEY WORLD THAT MY FRIEND COULD WORK. OVER 60,000 EMPLOYEES. HE COULD HAVE BEEN ONE OF THE PEOPLE WHO CHECKS YOUR LAP BELT BEFORE SPACE MOUNTAIN TAKES OFF, OR A FRONT DESK CM AT CORONADO SPRINGS. OR ONE OF THE PEOPLE WHO COMES AT 3AM TO HOSE DOWN THE STREETS.

    NOPE. HE'S A SERVER. AT LE CELLIER.

    WHAT?!?!?!!

    If that isn't Disney Magic, I don't know what is. Normally in this situation I would say "Thank you, God." This time I looked up at the sky and said, "Thanks, Walt."

    Through more correspondence with Barbara and Dave I found out Dave was able to get us a "special reservation" for 8:30 PM and he had left word with the hostesses because he had plans that night and would probably be gone by the time we got there. OOooooh. I liked the idea of a SPECIAL RESERVATION and that WORD was left on our behalf!!! Whoa, what VIPs we are!

    He told us that technically he was not supposed to do what he was doing for us which made me feel bad, so I told him to just forget it. Then he told me that there had been a few cancellations, and also that he is good friends with some of the people working that night and it should be no problem. I thanked him profusely, and he said, "It's no problem. I owe you from the concert."

    He was talking about a sold out concert I got him and Barbara into almost two years ago. I barely ever do that, and I didn't even know them that well at the time, but I guess I was feeling generous and it just shows that when you are kind to people, it comes back to you tenfold.

    Calling Disney Dining to cancel the Crystal Palace ADR was done in what I call my "triumphant voice".

    "Yes...NO, we won't be needing the reservation. We're VIPs at a little haunt called LE CELLIER. At Epcot? Perhaps you've heard of it. It's cool. Thanks. No, we won't be doing autographs or photos. Yup. No. No. Okay, Ciao!"

    We got all dressed up even though I knew you could just go into Le Cellier with your theme park clothes on. Obviously, being that WORD was left on our behalf, we needed to look nice so we put on dresses and heels and did our hair fabulously and the whole deal.

    We arrived at Le Cellier at about 7:50. I was kind of worried about being 40 mins early, we were pushing it as it is with our "special reservation" but I made sure to tell the CMs (there were two. Apparently one person alone is not enough to handle things at the Le Cellier podium) that we would wait.

    Both CM hostesses searched the ADR list. My name wasn't on it. Yikes, I thought, I knew this was too good to be true.

    I told them that it was a "special reservation" and they looked at me as if I said I was a huge fan of Universal or something. :scared1:

    They eyed me cautiously, as if they were thinking, "Special reservation?! Well, what's so special about you?" The looks on their faces told me that not many people at Le Cellier get special reservations and suddenly I felt like an idiot. What's the big deal? Why did I have to even get us into this? How do I get into these messes anyway?

    CM #1 said, "What do you mean?" in a tone I did not care for, and I didn't know what to say. Dave (btw, his name is not Dave. Name changed to protect the innocent!) said that he technically wasn't supposed to be doing this for us. These girls are obviously not the ones he left word about us with, and who knows, they may have been the kind of people who would tell on him or something. The last thing I wanted to do was get him in trouble over Cheddar Cheese Soup and a Chocolate Moose.

    CM #2 said, "Do you have a confirmation number?"

    I didn't. Dave didn't give me one. I didn't think to ask for one! Oh, crap.

    I said, "Is Dave still here? I know he was working tonight, but he told me he was leaving early."

    CM #1 gave me a nasty look, and the other lit up. You'd think I said that my friend Rob Pattinson had told me about the place or something.

    "Oh my God, Dave? You know Dave? I love him, Oh my God!!! I think he left though! How do you know Dave? I love him!"

    Dave is very good looking and very nice. I could see that his charm had struck again.

    "Yes," I said, taking a step back from the fangirl. "He's a friend of mine, we-"

    And right on cue, Dave comes walking out of Le Cellier.

    He didn't see me at first because I was on the opposite side of the podium. CM #2 and I saw him and at the exact same moment, we both exclaimed, "DAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

    He turned around and said "Lia?!" and ran over to give me a big hug. He said that he was so happy we were early, because he had felt bad about having to leave. He said he was already running late for a friend's going away party - a guy who works at Animal Kingdom and was going home for the summer. I told him to not feel bad at all and kept saying how much I appreciated him doing this for us. I introduced him to my mom and she also thanked him over and over.

    The snotty hostess seemed surprised that I legitimately knew someone here - I guess a lot of people do lie to try and get into Le Cellier. The Dave-loving hostess kept saying, "Oh my God!" as Dave and I explained how we knew each other.

    Dave said to her, "Where's Candice? I thought she'd be up here." The Dave lover shrugged. "Oh my God, I don't knoooooow."

    "I'm so sorry!" Dave said to my mom and I, "I told Candice (again, name changed!) about you guys. I thought she'd be out here. I don't know where she is. I left her a note for you guys too. I'm sorry. I'll go get her."

    I said, "No, I'M sorry. I didn't mean to cause so much trouble! Please just go to your party! I don't wanna hold you up!"

    He told me, "It's no trouble, really! On a normal night it probably would be but they told me there were like six cancellations tonight so seriously you guys, just hold on a sec."

    Dave went inside and like magic, again, Candice comes out within a minute. Her and Dave both apologized to us. We told them THERE IS NO NEED TO APOLOGIZE! Canadians sure are polite. I felt so bad about all the fuss and everything. Dave said Candice would take us inside and someone else would bring us to our table. He said he wished he could stay but he was running late, and that he wanted to meet up with us again sometime this week. We thanked him again and again and told him to go have fun.

    And just like that, here we were being escorted into Le Cellier by the lovely Candice.

    I couldn't believe it, but there it was. And that wasn't even the craziest thing to happen to us that night, but I'm getting ahead of myself. More on THAT in the chapter after next.

    As we walked to our table in the glorious, illustrious Le Cellier, I was expecting the ceiling to collapse on us. We had had too much good luck. Would the meal even be good? I half expected them to sell the last bowl of Cheddar Cheese Soup to the people who walked in right before we did.

    Up Next: Hype is a funny thing. Did Le Cellier live up to it?
     
  20. tinkgurl

    tinkgurl DIS Veteran

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    You got into Le Cellier!! How awesome is that!?! I mean, like you said, of all places that they could be working...they were working THERE! And I loved your little "Thank you Walt".

    Ugh, the CM at the check-in did not sound very nice. And the other one...sounds like she just might have thousands of pics of Dave all over her room. :rotfl: And you mentioned that it was like you mentioned Rob Pattinson. Then, i started picturing the girl as one of the teen girls that are attacking each other with shovels in the preview for that movie making fun of the Twilight movies. :rotfl:
     
  21. yinyanggirls

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    Wow, a whole post on getting into a restaurant. But I hear it's worth every gushing word. I'm glad you got in! Yay "Dave"!
     

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