The "Yeah, I'm famous, I'm on Youtube!" report-Opinions needed 2/22

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  1. NMAmy

    NMAmy Can speak food in German

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    Hedy, my friend, I am deeply ashamed that I have gotten so behind in my trip report reading that I am just catching up with this today. But I do want to thank you for a very entertaining morning!

    And I even got a shout out in your very first post! :thumbsup2 I also got a Gorilla pod for Christmas from my SIL--I'd never seen one before but she knows I love using my camera.

    I'm so excited that you got a Dream FastPass! :cheer2: We got one at the MK last year and I don't think I was every happier about winning anything.

    I'm all caught up now and anxiously awaiting more installments!
     
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  3. Hedy

    Hedy <font color=blue>I'm <s>22</s> 27 and I still kind

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    Day 7
    We had a wake up call. I’d been hoping to get to MK at rope drop, but Mom was tired (who could blame her, after her whirlwind trips earlier in the week). We helped ourselves to water from our Staples pack. We headed off to the Float Factory to grab Beignets-Mom opted not to get a refillable mug, as she’d only use it today, so she grabbed a cup of Nescafe, while I filled my mug. We each had beignets-she agreed that they were lighter than the ones at the Big E, but she liked them. We headed off to the bus stop.

    We got to the MK and decided to start at the Jungle Cruise-mom loves it. I kind of feel like it’s dated (gasp, horror), and honestly, when you can see real hippos not that far from MK, I just can’t get ecited over it. I did, however, get pwned by our skipper-he did the backside of water bit, then asked if anyone had heard the joke before. I raised my hand, and he said “That’s good, because you’re about to have water all over your backside.” Yepp-I got wet. A little boy, maybe 3, was picked to steer the boat. He was clutching a disposable camera while steering-Mom offered to hold it, but he declined. We returned to the Dock and headed onwards towards Pirates. Mom was a fan of the changes. We browsed briefly in the shop, but didn’t get anything.

    As we crossed into Frontierland, we noticed the line for Splash Mountain was only 5 minutes. I decided to go on it. While I was in line, there was a girl with a birthday tiara about my age and her mother who wanted to ride in front, so they waited. They were in the front of my boat. Behind me were two parents and their kid, maybe 6. They were all bent out of shape that the CM wouldn’t let them sit in the same row. Now, my first two WDW trips were with both my parents, and you know what? Parts of WDW aren’t built for a family of three. Not to sound heartless, but sometimes you need to suck it up and deal. No one will die if Mom sits in the row behind Dad and kiddo. Anyway, they all squeeze into a row. We head off. We stop a few times along the route. At the bee scene, kiddo wanted to get out and walk around, and was quite put out that his parents said no. We went down. The birthday girl and mother were soaked and screaming. I commented they wanted to sit there-birthday girl replied “Yeah, we’ve been on this twice already.” I may or may not have snerked when family of three was stuck in their row-I wish the CM hadn’t let them do that.

    I walked around trying to find Mom. On my way, I saw a toddler absolutely coated in Mickey bar, and her mother was taking a picture. I lolled. I met up with Mom, who had been on the phone with a friend. There had been a snowstorm the day before-I was glad the cats were boarding at the vet, and also glad we took a cab to the airport-no shoveling needed, We headed through Frontierland. Woody’s round-up was going on-I pointed out a Dream Team member to Mom, who noticed us and we chatted. We headed on through to Fantasyland. We rode on Peter Pan-Mom said it was shorter than se remember, but she still liked it. We went into Philharmagic. While we were waiting, we ran down what WDW trip this was for each of us-I’d thought it was her fifth trip as well (she and my dad went with my brothers in 81), but she went with my godmother the year it opened. We liked Philharmagic. We stopped in the dump shop, and I tried on a Magic Kingdom shirt. I got it. We picked up Fastpasses for Pooh, and headed towards Columbia Harbor House. Mom had been all set once I mentioned the vegetarian chili-she ordered that, I had the lighthouse sandwich again. Mom got a table-I had neglected to tell her to look upstairs, so we shared a table with some non-English speaking tourists, ergo, no food pictures. Mom liked her chili, though, and my sandwich was good, as were my chips. We headed onto Pooh, then walked over to Tomorrowland. We ran into Push, who posed for a picture, and then headed on Buzz Lightyear. After that, we went on CoP. As Mom saw CoP at the NY World’s Fair, she was very excited. But then she fell asleep. We went on Buzz, then headed over to Monsters Inc Laugh Floor. The entry CM noticed my Red Sox hat and congratulated me and shook my hand (have I mentioned I love CM’s?). We enjoyed the Laugh Floor-although as we left, Mom commented she hadn’t seen Monster’s Inc. We headed out to take the boat to the TTC, to head onto Animal Kingdom.

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  4. Montana Disney Fan

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    First! :banana: :banana:


    We AVOID the Jungle Cruise. As you say, go to AK for the REAL thing. :rolleyes:


    The talking garbage can is awesome. It's always at Tomorrowland around 11 am. I've got pix of LG with it. What a hoot!

    Great pix and thanks for the update!
     
  5. OhioTony

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    I'm caught up AGAIN. I always say that because Tuesday is my day off so I have to do most of my Dising only one day a week!

    Dream Fastpasses are cool. Especially for MK . You really know how to spot and follow the Dream Team.

    That Glowtini looked fabulous! I"m glad your experience at LeCellier was good. Ours was just so-so.

    Push is so much fun. We talked to him our first trip in2001 and the kids still talk about how much they liked him!

    See you next Tuesday!

    Lynn
     
  6. Hedy

    Hedy <font color=blue>I'm <s>22</s> 27 and I still kind

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    Glad you enjoyed it!

    Ha-when you sadi you were interested in my Tusker House review-I thought-just wait for my Le Cellier review.
    See you then!

    :bday: to me!
    :bday: to me!
    :bday: to me
    :bday: to meeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

    :) :cool1: :cool1:

    It's officially the 24th anniversay of what started as a routine pre-natal check up, and ended with me!
     
  7. abbybeth

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    I know I posted over at SR, but I'll do it here too - Happy [now belated] BIRTHDAY!!! :cool1:

    hope you had a great one!
     
  8. Hedy

    Hedy <font color=blue>I'm <s>22</s> 27 and I still kind

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    We took the ferry to the TTC. I’d never been to the TTC except to switch monorails before. We headed out to wait for the AK We waited. And waited. I don’t know why it took to so long for a bus to come, but it did. When it came, there were more WDW employees than I generally see on a bus. We took the bus to AK, took note of the AKL stop, and headed into AK. We used the RFC entrance, b/c we’re cool like that. Mom was impressed. We headed towards Kilomanjaro Safaris. I had thought we could use our DVC tour insta-fastpasses, but they had no more Fastpasses left. So we waited in line. It wasn’t too bad, we chatted with people in line. We boarded. I like the Safari ride-it’s always different. [​IMG] [​IMG] Baby rhino! We exited, and found ourselves with about 45 minutes left to tour AK. We watched the parade-I liked the Holiday overlay. [​IMG] [​IMG]

    I suggested we head to Marahraja Jungle Trek. On our way, we stopped to take pictures by the Tree of Life. This was funny, actually. I stopped to ask the Photopass Photographer to take my picture. She declined, saying it was “too expensive.” After I looked puzzled, she laughed. She too a few pictures of me, then offered to include Mom. Mom refused, then she took a couple of pictures of her. It was amusing. I stopped to pin trade with a CM, then we headed towards the jungle trek. We passed some soaked people coming off of Kali River Rapids. A nearby CM made a guy put his shirt back on. “But he’s wet!” His companion objected. The CM replied with some very polite, but firm phrasing and got the guy to dress himself. As soon as the guy was out of earshot, the CM mumbled “If you don’t want to get wet, don’t go on the ride.” Seriously. I was highly amused, as was Mom. We headed towards the Jungle trek, but then Mom saw some glasses cases in a store-the Yak and Yeti gift shop. They were only $2.99, so she got one. I offered to get the other one she was looking at for her stocking, and she gladly obliged. In line we saw some Yak and Yeti stocking caps. She suggested it would be a good gift for ElderNephew, who collects Disney hats. I agreed, especially as ElderNephew loves AK, and has never been there. We got in line. Mom decided not to buy the hat because it said Yak and Yeti on it and ElderNephew has never eaten there. We headed out of the park, and onto the bus.

    Now, I’m pretty tolerant of stuff that occurs on WDW buses, and most public transportation. But there was some stuff that happened on the bus to AKL that just left me slackjawed. We were towards the end of the line. Towards the front of the line, a family had their kid (who couldn’t be over 11) go on ahead of them (the others were behind us) and spread herself out over a row of seats. I was far too tempted to sit down on the spread out kid. I was kind of bothered the bus driver didn’t say anything to her, but I think it’s that messy area where CM’s can’t be unmagical to a guest. Even if they’re dumb, and using their kid as a weapon. We found standing space on the back of the bus, as a seat was taken up by a family holding a stroller. I really don’t think your stroller needs to block a bus seat, but given the number of T riders who think that their backpack needs a seat, I’m not surprised.

    Anyway, we got off at AKL, and went to Boma. I was surprised at how much more quiet it was at Boma this time than my trip in 06. We checked in, and were seated. When the waitress came over, she asked if we had any special dietary needs. I mentioned I am vegetarian, she listed the vegetarian options on the buffet. This is solely noteworthy because when YoungestBrother at al. went to Boma in October, they were accompanied by friends of DSIL who were vegan and vegetarian. The chef prepared a special dish for them. I adore Boma and didn’t care that I didn’t get a special dish, but I thought it was interesting. We both picked out drinks-I remember not liking a wine in my red wine flight in 06, so I went with a hard cider. Mom got goat wine. We headed up for our first course.

    I started off with the Butternut Squash soup, which was excellent. And Butternut Squash soup is like ravioli-I’ve had a lot of it. I also liked the avocado, tomato and grapefruit salad, although I was once again under whelmed by the tomato quality. I also liked the corn and fried plantain salad. I also had hummus and flatbread-IMO Boma has the best hummus on property. [​IMG]
    Mom, meanwhile, started off with a coconut curry stew-I think there might have been some seafood in it as well-she liked it. She also liked the salmon salad she had, saying that the sauce was nice.
    I then moved onto pap, fufu, falafel, mealie (corn) bread and rice. I loved the pap, fufu and falafel; however, the rice was dry, and the mealie bread was just ok. I had more falafel and pap and fufu. I also had some black-eyed peas and vegetables. [​IMG]I apparently didn’t take notes on what Mom had (sorry pescetarians! This is what I get for telling her she could eat her food, that she didn’t need to pose it first.) but she liked it. [​IMG]
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    We went into the restroom in between entrees and dessert. In things only overheard in WDW, I could hear a mother cajoling her kid “C’mon sweetie, poo for Mickey!” I managed to make it back to our table without laughing, at which point I told my mother. We were dying.

    For dessert, I had banana bread pudding (ok, I looked Tusker House’s better), peach crumble (yum!) and cookie and zebra domes (which I have since learned is not vegetarian :-( ). Mom had some sort of pineapple upside down cheesecake, which she was not a fan of, and zebra domes.
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    We exited Boma. We paused to look at the menu for Jiko-DSIL (Mrs. Middlebrother) had raved about their menu, so we think we may try it next time, as they had things which appealed to us. We wander around the lodge-they were having an activity where you donated $5 to the Wildlife fund, and got to make an ornament. We didn’t partake, though. We paused to look around their store. I know this was because I’ve never looked for DVC stuff before, but I was surprised that they didn’t have any AKV merchandise-and their DVC merch was pretty paltry-a golf shirt, a girly t, and a neck safe. As we were off to DTD, we didn’t buy anything. We headed off to the DTD bus.

    On the bus, we chatted with two little girls and their parents, we discussed HSM (they were missing HSM on ice to go to WDW, I agreed that was the right choice), the older one was outraged Mom napped on the CoP. We got off and stopped at the Holiday sign. I showed my mom around Goofy’s Candy Co. We looked in the $10 store, but nothing jumped out at us. We wandered through there into the Pooh store-Mom said she hadn’t been in there before, I pointed out that that’s where Dad bought his Tigger sweatshirt, which he then wore non-stop. She then remembered it, saying he always got complements on it. Seriously-my screensaver is family pictures-Breakfast with Santa ’02-he’s wearing it. Apple picking in fall ’03? Wearing it. :) We then headed onto the WoD. We started in the Boy/Pirate section. Mom picked out a hat-it kind of looks like an Abercrombie distressed hat with Mickey Mouse on it for ElderNephew, and a PoTC hat for YoungerNephew. We stopped the housewares section to pick something else up for YounestBrother-I got the Disney cookbook and the set of reuseable Mickey Head icecubes (BTW-he loved both-one Mickey head cube had to be frozen in our freezer during Xmas dinner-it worked, just in case you were wondering). And then someone stepped on my flip-flop. My back hurt, my feet were all Epcot-rashy, and I realized my bag and been open. After a brief Donald Duck moment, we headed on. I got the boys two pirate pens, which came with a sheath on a carabiner. I also got a pink sparkly pen with an H on it. We stopped to look at the BBB. I had seen a necklace I liked in the Princess room, but the chain was too short for my neck. :- (. As we were checking out, I noticed that their upsell included Mickey Santa hats for $10. I asked our cashier if I could get two. I heard Mom groan. So yepp, I got the boys each a hat. :blush:

    We took the boat home-our pilot was good, polling us on what Epcot stood for. We got back to our room and packed, we had an early ADR at 1900 Park Fare the next morning.
     
  9. Montana Disney Fan

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    First! :banana:

    Gotta watch the Super Bowl though. Will respond tomorrow at work. Gotta have your priorities! :rotfl2:
     
  10. Lifelong_Dreamer

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    Boma looks great, I have to try a Zebra dome as so many people rave about it. I may have to go out of my way in December to get one. :laughing:
     
  11. Montana Disney Fan

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    Boma is great. The service is a little rushed to get new peeps in but the buffet rules! :woohoo:
     
  12. abbybeth

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    mmmmmmm ..... Boma looks YUMMY!!! Those zebra domes are calling my name ....
     
  13. OhioTony

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    Zebra Domes aren't vegetarian?:confused3 Don't tell me they have Zebra in them!:eek:

    Boma food looked good. At least as good as Tusker House, but we probably won't ever go back there because I don't think we will ever do the dining plan again. If I am going to spend that much for a meal, it will be at a nicer restaurant.

    "Poo for Mickey"!!!!:lmao:

    Sounds like you are quite the shopper. I hate to buy things for myself. :upsidedow I always feel guilty! This trip I did manage to get a set of ornaments( the ones the kids wanted) , a MVMCP ornament ( we collect ornaments) and Tony got a replacement wine glass for me ( I broke the last one).

    Lynn
     
  14. disneygirlinnj

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    Boma sounds great! I have to make it over there one day to try Jiko and Boma!
     
  15. Hedy

    Hedy <font color=blue>I'm <s>22</s> 27 and I still kind

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    I can't wait try Jiko someday.
    Zebra domes contain gelatin (animal bones). I'd been putting off buying some stuff because I figured I could get it in WDW. :)
    Have you put a deposit down yet?
    I was really surprised how quiet Boma was this night.
     
  16. Montana Disney Fan

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    It was SWAMPED when we went. :mad:
     
  17. abbybeth

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    Just waiting on the gc's from the SR cashout to arrive and then we will ... :) and then I'll start a PTR/Cheerleading Thread - I'll keep you posted.
     
  18. Hedy

    Hedy <font color=blue>I'm <s>22</s> 27 and I still kind

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    But it can’t be our last day…can it?

    We had an 8:20 ADR at 1900 Park Fare. Therefore, our Plan of Action looked like this: *finish packing
    *Check in to our flight
    *Add no expiration to Heather’s 8 day PH (I had only used 1 plus and had a leftover day-I figured by adding no expiration I could skip adding plusses the next couple of trips)
    *Go to 1900 Park Fare

    I’d suggested taking a cab to 1900 Park Fare, and Mom had agreed. We finished packing (check!) with Heather using her spare duffle bag for souvenirs. I called for the bell hop, and I headed down to concierge to a)settle my account (apparently paying in Disney Gift cards and Disney Dollars throw off the just charge my card dealio-good to know) and b)add no expiration to my park hopper. As I was finishing adding no expiration (check), I saw Mom arrive with the luggage. She got in line to check in at the airport check in counter-I figured I could just pop in and check in, then we would be on our way. The bell person put our luggage off to the side. Mom was checking in, and yelled for me to give her my id, as the CM offered to check me in as well…erm, maybe I should be there? I declined. I paid my bill (check), and got in line. I noticed a woman resting her backpack on my suitcase, I pulled it away-sorry lady, but I don’t know who you are or what’s in your backpack. I checked in. We took our carry-ons into bell services. We had a cab hailed for is.

    It surprised me how much more a cab to the GF ($16) was than a cab to/from Epcot ($10 or less), but it was on par with what I spent on a cab to CR in 06. We entered the GF and admired the decorations-I got to talk about the things I learned on my tour and sound all smart. We then made our way up to the podium. 1900 Park Fare opened around 8:05 (I think it’s supposed to open at 8). [​IMG]

    We were able to be seated right away. As the hostess was walking us to our seats and giving us the spiel about food, blah blah blah, she said “And the characters love seeing adults, too, and they’ll be around.” We hadn’t even sat down yet, but I knew this was going to be better than the Chef Mickey’s Incident of 2006. We got up to get food. I regret to inform you that I believe I tried to make notes for this meal on the plane, so they include such deep thoughts as “potatoes….yay Mickey waffle…” but I’ll try. I started with the strawberry soup, which lived up to its rep (we’re thinking we may serve the AllEars recipe at Easter), potatoes and a pastry [​IMG]. All were very good. Mom had an egg dish, potatoes, a croissant and a muffin, all of which she said were good. [​IMG] I also had some Mickey waffles, a chocolate croissant and sticky bun. [​IMG] All were good, but I was kind of bummed-I wanted my Mickey waffle a la mode, but couldn’t get the ice cream machine to work. Oh well. As I returned to my seat, I did a bit of a double-take-the Mad Hatter was sitting on a high chair. Somewhat amusing. The characters started coming. We first met with Pooh and Tigger. [​IMG]Both signed my autograph book and took pictures, and hugged Mom. We amused ourselves looking at a family of six seated across from us. The three older kids were all somewhere between four and seven, and character shy. Baby in the high chair, however was watching the characters very intently. Mary Poppins came over and was very good. Mary tried to socialize with the family. Baby was far too busy staring at Pooh-Mary said something very polite like “Oh, well, I can’t compete with Pooh.” We chatted with Alice, and then the Mad Hatter came around. [​IMG][​IMG] He walked up to us, turned to Mom, and said “I think she likes me, she was staring at me earlier.” (Meaning me) LOL. He also insisted on a picture with Mom. Meanwhile, Pooh had reached our neighbor’s table, and Baby was practically climbing out of her highchair while the other kids in the family were hiding behind the parents. Mom commented that baby would be running the family in another year. We finished, and got our check. I have to say the only negative was the lag in getting our check.

    We headed out, and went to the bus stop for what I informed my mom would be our last trip to MGM. Apparently at the GF the bus stop plays Stacey. We took the bus, and entered. We got there around 9:30, we went to VOTLM and got Fastpasses for 10:05. We then headed to the ToT/RnR area. I used my instant fastpass from my DVC tour to get a Fastpass onto ToT, Mom waited behind.

    I was really impressed with the CM-there was a large family group he sat together (back row) without reorganizing too many other people. Now, I ride most rides at WDW/DLR solo, but ToT pulls some of the strangest guest reactions I’ve seen. Flashback to DCA 05-in the queue area, I was chatting with a young couple my age-they had AP’s. We got on-girl sat next to me. We go up, we go down. Girl grabs me. At the end, she says “I’m sorry-I was too scared to grab my fiancé.” LOL. Anyway, I did not see any nervous Nellies this time. We go up. We go down. Two girls in the back scream, well, like you’d expect two tweenage cousins to scream to ToT. They scream again. We unload, they say “Sorry.” I thought it was cute, as I didn’t find them excessively obnoxious. I found Mom, I decided to instant Fastpass RnR. We go through the queue-I glance at my watch-it’s 10:00. I board, ride, and dash towards VOTLM. I passed a pair of kids Heelying-those monsters didn’t appear to nearly be as apparent during this trip as they were on my last. I got to VOTLM at 10:05. We sat in the front row and liked it a lot. My mom liked it.

    After VOTLM, we were heading towards Muppets 3-D, when we were interrupted by the HSM show. As my mom is accompanying the boys and me to HSM on Ice next weekend, I thought we should watch part of it-it was cute. We headed onto Muppets 3-D. It was great as always. After that, we exited to find a freak rain shower. As there was no line, I met Buzz Lightyear. We headed out of MGM, and paused to browse in the shops. I picked up a couple of MGM pressed pennies.

    We were around the second family in line at the bus stop for POFQ. We waited forever, which was exacerbated by the massive worn-out family behind us. The kids were cranky. The parents were cranky. The kids would act up. The parents would make empty threats. Everyone would start being a brat, parents on down. Finally, the bus came. It was packed-I saw the nice British family I took a picture of in Epcot my second day getting on the bus.
     
  19. abbybeth

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    Your breakfast looks like it was a lot of fun (and yummy! mmmmmm .... mickey waffles!) and you had a great Mad Hatter - the one I met in MK was awesome ... meeting the characters is just so fun!

    Sounds like you managed to get a fair amount done, but I hear you on the annoying people in the bus lines *sigh* oh well. Not everything can be perfect, even in Disney - right?:goodvibes
     
  20. Hedy

    Hedy <font color=blue>I'm <s>22</s> 27 and I still kind

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    Happy Valentine's Day All!

    I'm working on The End of this TR. :(
     
  21. disneygirlinnj

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    sad to hear its the last day!!! :( Happy Valentines Day!
     

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