Tut-Tut, it Looks Like Rain! May '09 Trip Report. *Finished! 9/27 Pg. 69.

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  1. MeMom

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    That's the good thing and the bad things about teaching summer school. It's good that we get out early, but it's bad that we get spoiled to getting out early. Makes it kind of rough when we go full days when school starts back!

    My group is at their short recess right now, so I came to Dis for my recess. :)
    I look forward to your update.
     
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  3. Lady Lallie

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    If I could leave work when my actual work was done....I would be here until maybe 11AM everyday. :rolleyes1
     
  4. Lady Lallie

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    After our Woo'ing good time on Soarin', we still had a bit of time to kill before our 7:50PM ADR at Rose & Crown Pub. We decided to hit up Figment. It was a walk on. I always doubt if this ride is open because the CM always look so uninterested and bored standing outside by the line. I enjoy Figment but it's a ride I'll only do once a trip and if I had to miss it, I wouldn't shed any tears. We kinda poked around in the Kodak lab but didn't stop to do anything and quickly exited.

    We made our way over to WS. I don't remember if it was raining still, I'm thinking it wasn't. On the way over to WS, I felt something sticky on the bottom of my Croc. I stopped and looked at my foot and stuck to the bottom of my croc was one of my pins!! I couldn't believe it! I am assuming that it got stuck while I was on the plane, so I went through the majority of my day with a pin stuck into the foot of my Croc. I am so glad that it didn't go through into my foot, that would have been painful! Luckily the pin was unharmed and still tradable!

    We made it to the check in at Rose & Crown and Jen asked for an outside table, we were thinking they wouldn't be open because of the weather. The nice CM said they couldn't guarantee it, especially since a lot of their seating was closed because of the weather. We took a buzzer and sat down on a bench. I think it was less than five minutes and we were being sat....on the porch type area of Rose & Crown. They had these plastic curtains rolled down to protect people from the rain. Seeing that this was my first time there, I am not sure if that is considered the outdoor seating. Do people sit "more" outside there or is that it? Maybe someone can answer that. Anyhoo, we had a lovely corner table and we were really excited.

    We had a lovely waitress, she was AWESOME. Her name was Holly. She was a doll. We asked her about viewing Illuminations and she said that we could stretch out our dinner so that we could view it either from our table or outside if it wasn't raining. We were both really excited. We had been sat before our ADR time of 7:50, so we would be eating S L O W L Y.

    I decided that I wanted a drink. I eyed the Welsh Dragon but it didn't sound appealing. I am pretty sure that Holly recommended the Magical Star Cocktail and that is what I decided to go with. If I remember correctly it has Passion Fruit Liquor and Coconut Rum. It was freaking delicious. It also came with a glow cube, so you can't beat that.

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    You can see two of the colors there. Hehehe. I made Jen try it and she liked it too. It was so delicious. The Passion Fruit really cut down the sweetness of the Coconut Rum. I highly recommend this drink. Jen had orange soda with her meal.

    Jen & I took our sweet time ordering. We ordered our appetizer first. We were a bit disappointed to see that the creamy pea soup was not on the menu! It was a different soup that I can't remember but not the creamy pea soup garnished with sour cream and bacon that we had been talking about since we booked this trip! It was sad. At first we weren't going to get an appetizer but we decided to split the Cheese platter. This was a very good decision, it was DELISH. Seriously yummy. I think we ate every single thing on there except for the blood sausage samplings. Ew. I tried it and it was gross, Jen was smart enough not to try it. Everything was wonderfully paired together, not that I am cheese expert by any means but it was delicious and we both loved it.

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    While we were waiting for our cheese plate to be served, we went to work putting a new Mickey strap on Jen's camera, she had wanted a thicker one. I forgot that we had gone to Mousegears at some point, I think before Soarin'. It's really bad when you don't keep a Trip Journal....just so you all know. It was JAM PACKED in there. There were a lot of school groups at Disney during my entire trip. This group was like a 4th or 5th grade class. So they were little ones and they were everywhere in Mousegears. This was also when I spotted the much coveted Mickey Ice Cream Bar bag...no I didn't take a picture. I figured I would see it again! D'oh! It was $18.95 and much smaller than I thought it would be. It was like a child-sized tote bag. Much too small to be of any use to me. I left without buying anything and Jen bought her camera strap only me thinks. You will see a picture of that on Day 3.

    Rose & Crown also served yummy rolls with butter but alas I forgot to take a picture of those. They were yummy and I am pretty sure we got a second bread basket delivered to our table. My only complaint about our experience was that it was quite muggy in the porch area because the plastic curtains were down and keeping out any breeze that we could have gotten but that really wasn't the Rose & Crown's fault. It wasn't bad, as the sun was setting while we were eating.

    For our entrees, we both ordered the Fish & Chips. YUMMMMMMMMMMMMM! It was a delicious meal. The tartar sauce was so good, I don't know how they make it but it was really good. Of course I put some vinegar on my fish & fries as well.

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    We ate slowly. Well, I ate as slowly as I could. We had a couple with their daughter, I think they said she was 5 at the table across from us. They had ordered a bottle of wine with their meal and we overheard Holly say, "Here at Disney, they are very particular to what kind of corkscrew you can use." She had been struggling with opening the wine, I think the man at the table even tried at one point. She was completely blaming it on the corkscrew that Disney was making her use, she said that she wanted to bring in the one that she had at home. This whole exchange completely cracked Jen & I up, hilarious. So this was the last chapter title that I wrote down in my Trip Notebook. So everything I wrote down were chapter titles and all from the first day. Pfffft to LL.

    I have no idea what time I finished, I want to say it was around 8:20 or so. Maybe a bit earlier. Originally we had told Holly that we were going to order dessert but we were completely stuffed and didn't want too anymore. Jen still had her plate and was nibbling away. We were going to stay for Illuminations, dagnabbit. Finally Jen could prolong it anymore and Holly took her plate. Holly brought our check and gave us a few options. We could stay but she glossed over that very quickly, or we could go and come back and tell them at the podium that we had eaten dinner here and watch on the porch. I didn't really want to leave, so I went to the bathroom and then Jen did. We were being really slow but there were empty tables in the restaurant so I didn't feel bad and I left Holly a big tip to compensate for tying up her table. We should have just ordered a dessert and split it but oh well.

    While waiting for Illuminations one of the CM's who had been sitting guests at their tables came up to the little girl at the table across from us. The CM told her that Mickey Mouse called and that he was wondering if she would help start Illuminations. The girl was ECSTATIC. She was so freaking adorable with her excitement over starting Illuminations. It was a pure Disney Magic and I was all mushy inside over her happiness.

    A little bit before Illuminations, the plastic curtains had been rolled up so people at their tables could watch and then Holly came over and escorted us down to the picnic like tables to watch. I got a front row seat right up against the barrier and Jen sat next to me on the same side. Holly also was kind enough to bring us drinks in To Go Cups! She was really awesome! Jen decided to enjoy Illuminations and I took the pictures. I regretted that I didn't have my mini tripod because the table and the barrier would have been the perfect place to set it up for steadier pictures. Oh well. You live and you learn.

    I had never seen Illuminations before so I was excited that we had such great seats! (The order of my pictures have gotten a little messed up and I don't recognize the show enough so you will have to ignore if they are mixed up)

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    I thought Illuminations was a good show, but it's not really my cup of tea. It doesn't WOW me like Wishes, Spectromagic and Fantasmic but that is just me. I did enjoy it but it's not something I would schedule to see every trip. I couldn't believe how much smoke there was! Wowser!

    We didn't see what the little girl did to start Illuminations which was a bummer but we did see her back at her table. We left Rose & Crown and thanked Holly again on our way out. Jen and I were both pretty tired at this point so we just headed to the exit in the front of the park. It was a really nice feeling knowing that we could just hop in our car and head back to the resort instead of getting in line for a bus.

    I slowed down enough to take these two pictures.
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    Spaceship Earth is just so pretty all lit up. I tried to appreciate this since last trip I totally didn't take it in and I didn't even take a single picture of it! Very pretty. I also enjoy the light up pavement, I love those little touches.

    We headed out of the park and decided to just walk to the car. This was probably not the greatest idea. It was a lot further away then we remembered, especially since we took the tram up the front when we arrived. My feet were bothering me a bit. I think I had stopped to put moleskin on at some point during the afternoon but my heel was bothering and my feet were TIRED. I knew I had to wrap them up better the next day. I think with all the rain I had walked through in my Crocs didn't help the blister situation.

    We finally made it to the car, cranked up the AC and headed back to All Star Music. My luggage had been delivered, YAY! I think we both showered, I think I talked to Marc and we were in bed around 10:30pm. It had been a long day since I had been up since 3:30AM with no nap or anything!

    Day 1 Highlights
    Jen's Disney Moment of Day 1: Riding Spaceship Earth
    Jen's Not So Disney Moment of Day 1: All the rain.
    Jen's Best Food Item of Day 1: Crème Brulee from Les Chefs de France

    LL's Disney Moment of Day 1: Riding Soarin' in the front row.
    LL's Not So Disney Moment of Day 1: The torrential downpours of rain.
    LL's Best Food Item of Day 1: Lobster Bisque from Les Chefs de France

    Day 1 Total Picture Count: 157 (from both cameras)

    I was going to put best and worst moments of the day but the worst sounded harsh, because I mean.....WE WERE IN DISNEY. So that is why it's called Disney Moment and Not So Disney Moment so if it doesn't make sense just think it's the best and worst....confused yet?
     
  5. MinnieNurse

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    Thats how my job is, but at least I do get to do mine from home. Shhhh dont tell anyone that way they will keep paying us. ;)
     
  6. MinnieNurse

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    Yay for the update. :yay::yay:

    We tried R&C in 2006, I think and we just liked it okay. I have been reading some great reviews of it lately and so I think we may need to give it another chance. We did get to sit outside and had a great view for Illuminations, that was definitely the highlight for me.

    Love the Illuminations pictures. I am like you. I like Illuminations, but love Wishes. :lovestruc I think it might have something to do with the castle. princess:

    Thanks for the update!!!
     
  7. 2xcited2sleep

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    Hurrah for an update! :banana: I SO have to try R&C. Everything you got looks delish from the magic cocktail with a globe cube to the cheese plate (I wouldn't touch the blood sausage either :scared:), to the fish 'n chips. Your server sounds terrific.

    What great seats you got for Illuminations! So it didn't wow you, huh? Oh well, to each her own. I love it!

    I like how you're wrapping up the day with the disney and not so disney moments and best food item... great idea! :thumbsup2

    So I take it you never saw the Mickey bar tote again? :confused3 Darn it, I wanted to get it in September. Maybe they'll restock.

    Thanks for indulging us with an update!! :goodvibes It's the perfect way to start my weekend!! :)
     
  8. IluvXU

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    An update- yea! What a fun place to view Illuminations. I want to see it from Rose and Crown someday. Glad to know the much sought after bag is too small... I have a feeling I would concur with you!
     
  9. wlwilliams9

    wlwilliams9 "It's green and evil...I call it greevil!!" -Dr. H

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    Oh, thank goodness, an update!! I can't believe you just finished day 1 and you are on page 18!! This is going to be one long TR! You might have to open a second thread to finish it!!!:lmao:
     
  10. julezdisney

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    Love it! I laughed at the pin incident though because that's what happened w/Jim's pin! We thought it was lost, and then at the end of the night I noticed a scraping sound and it was Jim's pin on the bottem of my shoe!! :laughing:

    And I also cracked up when I reached the end of the day, because you are so good at story-telling that I was sure this was Day 2 or something! But no- just the end of Day 1 and your luggage just arrived. :rofl
     
  11. Jennifer48

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    Yay for an update! What a great way to end my Friday! :goodvibes

    Anyone else see a hidden Mickey in the fire?! :mickeyjum
     
  12. wigdoutdismom

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    Loved the update! You guys had awesome seats for Illuminations, Rose and Crown is great.:goodvibes I love Illuminations but my Marc really doesn't get why. :confused3
     
  13. cjackearl

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    LL! Great update. Oh, you had wonderful seats for Illuminations.:cloud9: And that cheese plate from R & C looks mah-velous! Glad you found your pin. That is so something that would happen to me.:rolleyes:
     
  14. kschafer

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    Star cocktail: :thumbsup2
    Cheese plate: :thumbsup2
    Fish n chips: :thumbsup2
    Great seats for Illuminations: :thumbsup2

    sounds like an awesome evening!
     
  15. ILuvCrush

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    yay for the update!!!

    I caught a peek of Vera in one of your pics...which reminds me...how did the messenger bag work out for you?? I need to know if i should get one LOL!!

    paula
     
  16. Lady Lallie

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    I need to find one of those jobs, you need to help me find one. :lmao:

    I loved Rose & Crown, LOVED IT. The food was really good and everyone was just so friendly.
    I think maybe you are right about Illuminations, there is something about Wishes with the Castle in the background.

    The server was terrific and the cheese plate was so yummy. I don't think I can properly convey how delicious it was, everything was so good and all the pairings just made the cheeses even better.
    I like the wrap up too to the days, makes it feel complete.
    I want to say that I did see the Mickey bar tote again, but honestly I think I am imagining it because I can't remember where. :rolleyes1

    Yeah, it is must too small in my opinion. Very cute but very small.

    Yes, it probably will be. I have to draw out the Disney Wonderfulness, who knows when my next trip is going to be! I am dying to plan another trip...

    Hehehe, glad to hear I am not the only with pins in my shoes!
    Yep, just Day 1! We have 8 more days to go!

    I don't see it. Is it the whole fire or inside the fire?

    Yeah, I'm in the same boat with your Marc, I kinda don't get it. Illuminations is very pretty but not my favorite, but that is the great thing about Disney because they have things for everyone's tastes!

    Yep, it happened to me let me tell you. I'm surprised it didn't go through my shoe because that is so ME.

    It was an awesome evening. I think Jen and I were both very happy with the table we got, the food and the show. A very nice evening!

    It was actually the mailbag that I used and I liked it but the first few days it bothered my shoulder but I think it's because I'm not used to carrying such a heavy load in my bag, if that makes sense. I do think it was a good bag, bigger than the hipster so it worked well for me!
     
  17. brookelizabeth

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    Your Illuminations pictures are awesome! What great seats!! And the fish & chips look so very tasty. I cannot recall from previous TRs, have you done the CS fish & chips too? If so, how do the two compare?

    Your Best/"not so" moments make sense. :thumbsup2 :goodvibes
     
  18. slamgtr09

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    Mmmmm...tasty! Me like rum!
    I'm glad that the rain stopped enough so Illuminations wasn't cancelled!! And the highlights are a great idea!
     
  19. jenjolt

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    What a great update LOL!!! Although yes ma'am I did try that blood sausage and I remember laughing at the look on your face when you tried it because I knew you weren't going to like it!! But as you said everything else was wonderful I would gladly get it again! The fish and chips were also amazing, next trip I am going to try to get them at Raglan's Road...of course you'll hear more about that when I finally get a PTR started LOL!!!

    I can't wait for Day 2!!!! Bring it on Girl!!!!
     
  20. Happydog

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    LL!!! I am all caught up again and happy to be! Just a great post from Illuminations, and your Rose and Crown meal!! I am thinking about that one for December! What a treat to see the fireworks from there!

    Great post, enjoy your details!!! Will patiently await the next one!
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  21. SwansLoveDisney

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    YUM! Your Rose and Crown meal looks delicious!

    It looks like you had a wonderful view of Illuminations too. What a great evening!

    I'm sorry that your feet were hurting. That is the WORST.
     

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