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  1. Hedy

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

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    After finishing up most of my packing on Friday night, I went to bed a little early. I set my phone’s alarm to go off at four. Mom also set her phone, figuring we could use the buddy wakeup system. I woke up when my alarm went off. I dressed and put the last few items in my bag (nightshirt, stuffed cat). Mom finished up packing-she’d downsized to a purse, her LL Bean backpack, which she was carrying on, her small suitcase and a small duffle bag. I, meanwhile, being the bag lady I am ;), had my large purple suitcase, with a duffle bag crushed up inside, a carry-on purple suitcase, and a messenger bag with my laptop.
    We were taking a taxi to the airport. It arrived a few minutes early, which is a rarity for people coming to our house (our street starts off as being Street A, but we live on Street B). We chatted with our driver. When he heard where I was going, he wanted to know if I was drinking around the world. ;) We reached Logan fairly quickly and we dropped Mom at American Airlines for her flight to Miami, where she would connect to Key West. Our driver commented on the cat hair on my suitcase. We headed over to the Jet Blue terminal. I hopped out, checked my bag, and went through security easily. I stopped at Starbucks for a Peppermint Mocha Frappucino, and also had a Larabar. I headed to my gate, and sat down. [​IMG]
    I turned on my iPod and started listening to all the WDW podcasts I had been hoarding. It was an easy flight to Orlando. We arrived at MCO. I boarded the fake monorail and headed to the terminal. The first thing I saw was the big tree by the MCO Hyatt, which I thought was a nice welcome. I headed over to the DME desk in Terminal B. I found the signage over there a little lacking, if I hadn’t had my map and done my homework on the DIS, I think I might have had a hard time finding it. The DME desk in terminal B feels more official than the olds area I was in in March of 06. I checked in at 10:10. I boarded my bus, which took people to POFQ, POR, SSR and OKW, at 10:20.
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    I reached POFQ check in by 11. The lobby was packed-POFQ was cheerleader run-off for Pop Warner, and you could tell. There was a line to check-in, but the manager was out handing out folders, encouraging you to just have one person in your party check in, and apologizing. Man, I love CM’s. I checked in….and my room was ready! I was thrilled. The nice CM checking me in told me he thought Mousekeeping was on RedBull. ;) I asked about the water I’d had shipped to the resort. He typed some stuff on his computer and I heard the pause of doom( I work in customer service, so I know a pause of doom when I hear it). One phone call later, it turned out my water was there but the box was broken. I headed to my room. It was number 2319. I could not have asked for a better room:
    *Former smoking room, but I didn’t smell it at all.
    *Third floor, nice for a female traveling alone, and right near the elevator.
    *Easy walk to the main building
    *And…a Wishes view, which we only found out about the last day.
    I had some friends waiting for me in my room:
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    I unpacked, and bounced off to the bus stop for the MK.

    This way to CH. 2
     
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  3. disneygirlinnj

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    Ohhhh! Cute towel animals!! Sounds like your trip there went as smoothly as possible...always a great sign! :)
     
  4. abbybeth

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    oh what a riot! She's a fun lady :)

    oooooooh! On the edge of my seat, definitely ....

    YUM! I love Starbucks, especially their holiday drinks!


    Wishes view? From POFQ? NIIICE!

    and looks like you had some friendly faces waiting for you - did you get any more during your stay?


    and most importantly, did you stay sunburn free?:lmao:
     
  5. jordanyosh

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    It seems like you had a great start to your vacation even with the cheerleaders...
     
  6. Hedy

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

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    The bus to MK was crowded, which to me was kind of a no-duh-it’s a Saturday in December, of course the bus is going to be crowded. I got there. I started bouncing when I saw my first peek of the castle. I entered my ticket (I much prefer the new bioscan than the old peace sign one) and I was in. [​IMG].
    If walking down Main St and Cinderella’s Castle ever doesn’t make me tear up, something is terribly wrong. The Family Fun Day Parade (????) was going on, I caught a quick glimpse of Pluto [​IMG].

    I headed through Adventureland and made my beeline for Splash Mountain-my traditional first ride. I got my FastPass, and headed towards the HM. While in line, I overheard someone spot my LGMH and say wistfully “Oh, she’s a DISer,” but they did not introduce themselves. I really liked the refurb. I like the creaking, and the staircase. I also \thought the bride in the attic was well done. After that, I headed over to Splash. It was good, it was hot enough I liked the water cannons, but it does look like it needs the refurb. I was wearing one of those sunscreened, moisture wicking shirts from Land’s End, and it was dry by the time I reached Liberty Square. I wanted to grab a late/mid-Parade lunch at CHH, but that wasn’t going to happen. I went to see Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor. Michelle had been lukewarm on it, so I was curious. I got picked to be the red tag person-see? [​IMG]I thought it was good, but I thought the audience could play a bigger part in it being good or bad than with Crush. I then went on the CoP. I love the classic, but the last scene is soo dated-I don’t know why they don’t update it-maybe because they were going to close it? Enrout to Main St, I ran into Push.
    Me: Hello, Push!
    Push: Hello...Hedy?
    Me: Heather.
    Push: Hello, Heather. We match! (my shirt was turquoise)
    Me: We do!
    Push: How do you know my name?
    Me: It says it on your can.
    Push: That's not how you know my name...
    Me: You're famous!
    Push: Yeah I'm famous, I'm on Youtube!

    I headed to Main Street, where I bought a Minnie Santa hat, autograph book, and Penny book. I was hungry now-I headed to Adventureland’s Eggroll cart, but it wasn’t there. So I grabbed some fries and a Cokewithnoiceplease at Casey’s and headed to Mickey’s Twas the Night Before Christmas. I got a seat. Shortly after I sat down, the toddler in front of me toddled into the ground. Predictably, the toddler started crying. Its mother and grandmother went for water. I offered up a band-aid from my purse, the father was very happy. The show started. Band-aid father stage whispered “The character’s mouths are moving!” I really liked the articulated heads. I also thought the show was excellent. Some other patron, however, was outraged that Minnie and Mickey were in bed together as they are unmarried.
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    I had dinner at CHH-the Lighthouse Sandwich and a Cokewithnoiceplease. They were both good. [​IMG]

    I then wandered Fanttasyland-I stopped to trade a couple of pins-I learned this trip that Hidden Mickey pins are my weakness. I saw Mickey’s Philharmagic. It was cute. I noticed that during the “Be our Guest” scene, during the instrumenmtal part, the pie explodes in Donalds face during “Pie and Pudding en flambé!” I thought it was cool. I then had a Dole Whip Float [​IMG] I rode Pirates, which I liked-I was really impressed with the Jack Sparrow audio-anamatronics. The tween girl in front of me kept on saying “Hi, Jack!” I thought it was cute.
    As I walked down Main Street, I saw a family with TFW lanyards on. I focked them, but got no response. After determining that I do not like Spectromagic, I popped into the store to pick up a new KTTW holder and t-shirt with Cinderella’s Castle on it. [​IMG] I headed back to POFQ. It was a long wait for my water, but all in all it was good.
    This way to Chapter 3
     
  7. jordanyosh

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    another update already.....wow...nice.

    CHH...my new favorite place to eat...:thumbsup2

    I wonder if people will come up to me at WDW? Or if I will? Who am I kidding of course I will.....I think.:confused3
     
  8. disneygirlinnj

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    ohhh! dole whip floats!!! that pic made me crave one even more now!! :) great report of the day!!!
     
  9. Miz Diz

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    Hey Hedy! I am enjoying your TR so far.:thumbsup2
    I like you encounter with Push. You didn't ask him how he knew your name, though.
     
  10. Hedy

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

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    I had both LGMH's and SYMH's on my bag. :teeth:
     
  11. Montana Disney Fan

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    We were both at MK the exact same morning! Dec 8th!

    Great towel animals. You probably already knew this but we stayed right next door to you at Riverside.

    The castle looks AWESOME at night! I wish I would have stayed to see that.
     
  12. Lifelong_Dreamer

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    Great start to the report. Yikes, stuck at the resort with Pop Warner kids, I hope that you didn't experience any problems with them during your stay, I have heard horror stories....

    The MK looks so beautiful with all its Christmas decorations. Very interesting that Mickey's Twas the Night Before Christmas was showing during the day. I thought it was a MVMCP exclusive show, guess not. :confused3

    Can't wait to read more. :thumbsup2
     
  13. abbybeth

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    I'm famous! I'm on YouTube! :lmao: :lmao: :lmao:

    way to keep with the times there Push :)

    Sounds like you had such a fun day in the MK ... and just because Mickey and Minnie might have had a secret elopement and didn't have a billion dollar dream wedding doesn't mean they aren't married. By law at this point, even if they didn't have an official wedding, they would definitely fall under the guidelines of a common law marriage. No worries! :rotfl:

    more, more, more .....
     
  14. Hedy

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

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    :lmao: :lmao: I seem to remember a "Minnie, Mickey's got a crush on you!" skit in an Xmas parade many years ago. I just found it funny you'd say that loud enough to be overheard.

    I'm working on day 2, but I'm back at work :coffee: :scared: and my best friend is coming to visit tomorrow (she moved in Chicago in August), so you might need to hang on. :(
    The cheerleaders weren't bad, I've just never seen so many thin teenager girls and tweens in one place in my life (and my neice does a pagent each year!).
    I know! No Buzz sightings though. I'm sure all the men who were in the front row of the 3 pm Off Kilter show are still talking about the 20 something girl staring at them. :rotfl2: :rotfl2:


    With youe entourage, you'll be hard to miss!
     
  15. Hedy

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

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    Sunday started bright and early. By bright and early, I mean I started waking up around 5:30 going "Ooh, can I get ready yet?" I finally gave in around 6:15 (stitch was calling me around 6:30). I packed my string backpack with my wristlet, camera, two bottles of water, ipod, stick of sunscreen. I had planned on wearing my Figment shirt when I met Figment, but when I took it out it had weird spots on it. I think it's a flaw with that shirt, my old Figment shirt had those spots, then the clorox I tried to clean them with ate through the shirt. :( As I could not go to a theme park with a shirt that started off dirty, I put on my Red Sox World Championship shirt (which I had planned on packing for the DIS meet at Jellyrolls I was going to anyway). I prepped my feet with Bodyglide and put on my LL Bean Coastal Crocs...I mean Clogs. I also applied some chafing stuff to my legs as I was wearing a skirt.

    I stopped by the Sassagoula Floatworks Factory. I was surprised that for a food court that seemed so dinky, they appeared to by handling crowds as well as Riverside Mill would. I stopped by the sweet section and ordered beignets. There was a wait, but they were very efficient in serving them out. I did find myself wondering; however, if WDW is so into enviromentality why they use styrofoam to go containers confused3. I got my beineits-they were hot and fresh. I had a knife and fork :snooty: so as not to sully my shirt [​IMG]. They were very good-lighter than the ones I had at the Big E (New England exposition) in September. I finished my beignets and grabbed some more Coke in my refillable mug.

    I head to the bus stop. I boarded the Epcot bus, and headed to Epcot. Asa I got off the bus, the drivers gave me a baseball card with WDW transport info on it. I went through bag check, and caught my first glimpse of the wandless ball [​IMG]. Last time I saw the ball wandless, there was a cake in the MK. I like it well enough. I waited in line. I was in line behind an adorable British family of a mother, father, and two sweet blonde girls (8 and 6, maybe). The little one was wearing an "I'm not naughty, I'm autistic" button. They were taking pictures of each other-girls, mommy and girls, daddy and girls. I watched them for a while. I'm always hesitant to talk to strange kids-I know the world can be a scary place, and I can't say I wholly blame parents who discourage their kids interacting with strangers. But I offered to take their picture and they accepted gladly.

    They let us into Epcot. I liked the topiaries a lot, but I had a larger mission-rope drop. I joined the rope drop stampede and we waited for the Track Car. It came, and a joined the heard of people trekking to Soarin'. The Sunshine Seasons staff was watching the mad dash-that would so be the entertainment of my day if I worked there. popcorn:: I got in line, and began the waiting game. I had my first feel view, and I lived. Then again, I had shoed feet-I'm not sure my clog-less feet were as pretty. :eek: I don't remember the DL at Xmas time the last time, but what do I know. As I was heading over to the Land ride, I saw some people getting dream fastpasses. My next stop, however, was Test Track. I love Test Track, except for the heat room (I squeeze my eyes shut to avoid a migraine). I did the single rider line, and pretty much walked right on. I then headed to Journey into Imagination. It was cute, but Figment was not yet out in his house. I asked the CM at Imagination. "He usually comes out around 10-10:30". Um, it's 10. I headed off to the land ride. It was packed-must have been Soarin' overflow. I got in line behind a mother with a girl about 2 in her arms.
    "May I ask you a question?" Asked Mom.
    "Sure!"
    "Have you been on this ride before?"
    "Yes, I have"
    "Is it scary?"
    "It's not too scary, but there are some fake alligators." Little miss was making it quite clear this was not happening. :(
    I boarded the boat. I'm not too crazy about the scenes, but I love the greenhouse-and look, it was decorated. [picture]. I then met Figment [​IMG]
    I had lunch at Sunshine Seasons-I had the vegetarian plate, which consisted of steamed broccoli, noodles, rice and fried veggie mix-it was very good, and fresh-I think it's the hotplates. In fact, Sunshine Season may be my new favorite CS. After Lunch, I headed into Nemo.
    The queue was really well themed [​IMG]; however, are the Imaginers off in the head? The queue thingy is three bars perfectly placed to play on. Hey, I know, let's take one of the few rides for small kids at Epcot, which is ripe with Pixar characters, and take a bunch of over-excited little kids who are at WDW, and stick them in a queue ripe for playing on. confused3 confused3. I liked the Nemo ride-I thought it was cute, and I'd think it'd help some parents get a day at Epcot. I then headed into Turtle Talk with Crush-I agree with MrsKSomeday, it is a little hard to figure out where you're going. I sat down. It was cute as always. During the first audience interaction, Crush asked a kid her name "I don't know!" :( During the "tell Squirt what people do at the beach" segment, apparently someone in the peanut gallery didn't get to answer, as he raised his hand with a question and then said "I like to swim" :rotfl:

    I was off to World Showcase-I really liked the tree. [​IMG] I stopped in Mexico. I then headed to Norway for schoolbread-I liked in, but am not sure it's worth its cult status (it was better than the lefse last year, though.) The line for Maelstrom was too long for my tastes, so I headed on to Rosa Regale-ville, I mean Italy. I got my Rosa Regale-I'd been planning on buying a bottle, but the price :faint: esp. when i'd be blanketing it in a t-shirt and praying it made it home in one piece.

    I then headed onto the American adventure. The Voices of Liberty were singing, and excellent. We were directed into the hall. I liked all the flags. I wasn't really expecting much for the show. Was it blandified-yeah, probably. But there were some things that impressed me: the mention of the higher taxes Britons were paying over the colonies, and the mention of the Native American slaughter. It did bother, me, however, there was no post-WWII audio-anamatronics-why not a 1960's one? I think part of it was that on Pearl Harbor day I was pondering how long it’ll be before September 11 is as distant to us as Pearl Harbor day.

    Buzz had said he was going to be at the 2:30 Off-Kilter show. The Times Guide listed a 2 and 3 O'clock show, so I had to play a game of WWBuzzDo. I figured he would opt for more drinking before the show, and go at three, so I hoofed it over to the Off Kilter show. No Buzz, but the men Buzz's age in the front row probably went home all "Dude, this 20-something girl was all staring at me today..." ;) So I headed back to France and got a Grand Marnier Slush [​IMG]. Sakes alive, Disney does not use a light hand with the booze. As I was sitting in France, my phone rang and it was Mom. (sidenote to gentle reader-this conversation will be on the test)
    "Hi, dear, bad news."
    "Oh?"
    "I found a Key Lime pie to ship home for Christmas, but it costs too much." :confused3
    "Ok....Are you having fun?"
    "Yes, I took a trolley tour and have seen a lot of cats."
    "Do you have your camera?" (She managed to leave all 4 disposable cameras at home when she went to Seattle in July).
    "Yes, I got a new one at Ocean State."
    I then checked if there were any countries she didn't want to do, but she was game for all of them. I browsed in England, checked out Papa Noel in Canada. I had a 7 pm DIS meet at Jellyrolls to go to. I elected to head out to get dinner at 5.

    I exited through International Gateway, and took the boat to Beach Club. I walked to the Beach Club lobby. I like the Beach Club, but I don't know I'd want to stay there...it looks like a hotel on Martha's Vineyard, where I go every summer. I reached Beaches and Cream. I was surprised by how small it was. I was seated quickly, as I was wiling to sit at the counter. I ordered a boca burger and a coke with chocolate syrup. The roll and fries were great-you could tell they were homemade, and the Boca burger is very good. Crystal was my waitress and she was excellent. I had planned on getting a No Way Jose, but when I saw the size of it, I passed. :(
    I walked to the Boardwalk, and browsed in the shop there. I hung up in the lobby for a while. I took some pictures of their gingerbread house [​IMG]. The manager was talking about Samantha Brown being there and how she loves the BW. I stopped to call Planet Hollywood for my lunch there on Wednesday.

    The Atlantic dance Hall was closed for the Suzuki company party, so people in cocktail dresses and heels kept on trekking by us. I went into Jellyrolls. I felt a little like an unpopular highschool girl-where's my clique? Fortunately, I saw someone with a lime green DIS shirt on, so I figured out I was in the right place.
    "Is this the DIS meet?"
    "Yes."
    "I'm Heather."
    "Hi..."
    "Hi, I'm Heather AKA Hedy."
    "Oh, hi Hedy!" I met CamColt, TLinden16 (Jellyrolls queen), goofy4Tink, Danny1649, magiroux, and Jen, who has no SN and was ashamed to be with us Bostonians as she's a Y******* fan. ;) CamColt also made the very important call home to assure that the Pats one-then some ladies in Steelers Jersies wandered in.
    It was great fun, save for the bratty first-year teachers in the front row who kept on heckling the pianomen to play "Girls just wanna have fun" and the increase of smoke towards the end. I had a good time, but I think i would have had a better time if I'd gone with more people in my age bracket. When I left Jellyrolls, Disney transport had stopped running to Epcot (I'd only planned on staying an hour ;) ). I went to Boardwalk to catch a cab. At POR in March 06, you had to have the bellman catch a cab for you, but at Boardwalk you can just walk to them. I got home safely and went to bed.
    This way to Chapter 4
     
  16. Montana Disney Fan

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    That's an awesome place for a DIS meet. I was there Thursday and Saturday night. Two of the piano guys are better than the other two.

    What a great Epcot day for you! :thumbsup2
     
  17. jordanyosh

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    epcot at rope drop? what a novel concept.

    I also love seasons.....they have great sandwiches.

    it sounds like a wonderful day at epcot.

    Jellyrolls.....great w/ the right people. FYI Tuesday night is CM night and it's usually hopping w/ folks your age.
     
  18. Hedy

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

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    Monday started bright and early. I dressed in a quick drying shirt, capris, and my Teva Mush flip-flips. I passed on breakfast (I have an award-winningly nervous stomach) and filled up my refillable mug with hot chocolate. Plans for today were AK in the morning, then MGM in the evening, where I was meeting up with my friend M.
    I got to AK.. I went in the normal entrance. I headed to Discovery Island for rope drop. [​IMG] We waited. And waited. Around 8:10, a little voice yelled out “Where’s Mickey?” Sounds like someone had gotten the schedule run down. LOL. Finally, we saw the expedition [​IMG].

    I joined in the dash off to Expedition Everest. I wasn’t totally in love with it when I rode in 2006 in soft-opening-I felt like my stomach was still at the top of the drop. I’d read on the boards it was like Splash’s drop, but it wasn’t. YoungerNephew’s review of EE once it was open was “I didn’t like that ride,” which seemed to cement my opinion. However, I liked EE a lot more this time than the last-I don’t know if it’s smoother now that it’s open, or my expectations are more realistic, but I liked it. So I’m glad I tried it again. J I then headed back to Kilomanjaro Safaris. This had a posted 20 minute wait that felt like it-I really wish they’d start up a solo rider line for KS. I got an aisle seat. The animals were out and great-there were a bunch of the baby animals out. [​IMG]
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    After we saved Big Red, I headed off to the Nemo show. I really liked the musical-I thought the songs were good (they didn’t seem forced), and I was really impressed by the puppetry. Plus, they kept in the lobstahs talking ;). My notes indicate that I recommend this show highly.
    I headed to Dinoland. I really liked the cheesy Xmas decorations they had here-very true to theme. I got in line for Primeval Whirl. I like PW, but I hate how you rattle around if you’re a solo rider. I thought it might just be because I’m large, but I was discussing it with my friend M, who’s about half my size, and she has the same problem. I then criss-crossed AK for my ADR at Tusker house…
     
  19. jordanyosh

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    I too like Nemo.....not really a musical guy and I liked it.
     
  20. Hedy

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

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    I wasn't expecting to dislike it, but I was surprised at how much I liked it. UM likened it to Aladdin at DCA, which I thought was an apt comparison.
    Good to know, it's not that I had a bad time, it's just that songs everyone knows is so aged-based.

    It was my first time there, I plan to return.
     
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    Please tell me you did the "Bird Show".

    I fell down immediately after getting of PW. :scared: Haven't ridden it since. :rotfl2:

    I've never done Nemo. Gotta give it a day in court next year. ::yes::
     

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