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

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  1. Lady Lallie

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    I am so happy that I get to see Jen soon! Yay!

    And yes....I do like my people with ketchup. :cool2:

    The UP characters were super duper cute. I hope they are still there in the Fall so I can meet them!

    I was on cloud nine at our Brown Derby meal. Everything was just perfect. :cloud9: I loved the booth....we are requesting one right? :laughing:

    I love Jen's visor. I believe she bought that at the ASMu shop. It was really cute.

    All those special things really do create wonderful memories. I witnessed a lot of those this trip and they were wonderful.
     
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  3. Lady Lallie

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    No...we aren't updating on the same on purpose...but it's funny!

    I think Jen will buy DVC first. I count on it. :rolleyes1 :laughing:

    Try the cheesecake! It's amazing. I am somewhat of a cheesecake snob and this one passed with FLYING colors.

    Thanks for reading! Ahh...my feet. :headache:

    I am sure I will cry. I cry at everything these days. Commercials, movies, tv shows...everything.

    Yes, you should really give Brown Derby a second chance. The food is so very yummy.

    The rest of the day was a very good day!

    I was very sad to see Jen leave. When I really thought about being solo it overwhelmed me a little bit.

    I am sure they will keep it out since the DVD isn't released until November. :thumbsup2

    ANY Mickey. I'm a bad DISer. :rotfl:

    I just shoot the heck out of that game! I have no strategy. I am highly competitive though so in between every game I would glance down at Jen's score and then I would put my game face on! LOL.

    Well...go there already! :rotfl:

    Thanks for joining in! I know, I can't believe it either! I met Minnie though...does that count? :laughing:

    We really did have a lot of fun together, Mom and I did too!

    I was Belle in September....I must have turned evil since then. :rotfl2:

    I did feel complete. It was a little nerve wracking meeting the Big Cheese himself. ;)

    Hehehe, I am so glad you don't think I am like Lady Tremaine!
     
  4. kschafer

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    I'm playing catch-up and will confess to using your links instead of reading through all the chit-chat that I normally love.

    Despite the monsoon-like start to your MK evening, it sounds like you had a lovely night. How did you like the CRT dessert?

    Bummer your feet are hurting you so badly!! I hope you find a solution before September :hug:
     
  5. Lady Lallie

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    This was the second time I had that dessert and I didn't really like it either time. The center is pretty delicious but I dunno, something isn't quite right with it to make me drool over it. :confused3
     
  6. Lady Lallie

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    When Jen left...I felt a little lost. I didn't know what to do with myself quite yet. So I took a few pictures of Pixar Place while I found my footing.

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    They were not very good pictures. I sat on a bench right outside of Pixar Place and called my Mom and Dad. Mom wasn't home but I talked to Dad for a few minutes, we talked weather, Jen leaving and Mom's excitement for her trip down. After the conversation I went to the restroom near Pixar Place. This gets the cleanest bathroom at Disney award. Seriously clean. Much better than my last restroom experience.

    Dark clouds were rolling in...no rain yet but I wasn't going to let it bring me down.

    I headed to One Man's Dream. All my pictures are out of order so please forgive me.

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    I was totally crushed when I read that...

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    I especially loved all of the Hollywood Studios memorabilia they had towards the theater since they are celebrating 20 years this year.

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    From opening day.

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    These are the attractions that were open on opening day...doesn't seem like a whole lot!

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    Shortly it was time to go into the theater. Even though I have seen this movie multiple times...I still watched it. It gets me everytime. I get teary when I think of everything Walt accomplished in his lifetime and what his legacy continues to accomplish. Just gives me warm fuzzies.

    I wiped my tears and headed outside. No rain! WOO HOO! I was so excited to see the sun still out.

    I decided to head over to redeem my Voyage of the Little Mermaid fastpass.

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    I was one of the last people they let into the holding area before you go into the theater.

    I think this show is amazing. The puppetry is outstanding. I was in the front row..or maybe the second but very close so I never saw the "inner workings" if you will of the puppetry and it's simply AMAZING.

    I had a wonderful time sitting there in the AC watching the story of Ariel, the mermaid of my childhood. I was 7 when Little Mermaid came out, I remember that Mom always tried to get me different Disney movies then my twin cousins had. They had Little Mermaid...I had Beauty & The Beast...I had Aladdin...They had Sleeping Beauty...you get the idea. So we were well rounded Disney fans between our two houses. My cousins would get sick of me wanting to watch The Little Mermaid everytime I slept over, which was quite a bit when I was little. I remember that my grandmother (the Ursula one, she raised my cousins) would let me pick the movie at night and I'd ALWAYS pick The Little Mermaid. I'd stay awake watching until the end, my cousins falling asleep while I was sniffling at the end when Triton turns Ariel human. I couldn't fathom being away from my Daddy like that when I was a little girl! Ahh..memories. That is why I love this show, it brings me back to my little girl self. Moving on from the trip down Memory Lane...

    After the show, I checked out the gift shop that is around the corner. I was looking for pins and my traditional trip stuffed animal. Nothing was really calling my name so I moved on.

    I decided that I wanted to go see my friends the Muppets. I made my way through the park slowly. Giggled at the people posing at the American Idol background, screaming that they were going to Hollywood.

    I peeked into the "Writer's Stop"...I think that is what it is called. It's a little bakery/gift shop place. Nothing really grabbed my attention there so I pushed on toward the Muppet Area.

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    I made my way inside, grabbed my cute pink 3D glasses and waited for the next show to start. I was a little sad when I thought that I had no one to take a picture of me in my cute glasses, that is one of my favorites of myself from my September trip.

    Shortly we were let into the theater and I found a seat. There were some obnoxious people behind me but I tried to ignore them. I had a wonderful visit with the muppets and afterward I checked out their gift shop.

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    I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do next, so I sat outside Pizza Planet and called Mom back. She had been out running errands and would be home now. We had a nice chat and I felt like I was in my Solo Disney Groove. Hollywood Studios just makes me happy. It's a small park, I don't get overwhelmed and I feel like an Hollywood Starlet while I am there. If you put Soarin' over at DHS, then I would say it would be my second favorite park hands down. As it is...it's very very close with Epcot.

    After my chat, I decided to head back to the front of the park by way of Indiana Jones. Still not sure what I wanted to do next but figured I could think and walk.

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    The raindrops came falling down. UGH! I had been thinking about sticking around for a bit longer just to take more pictures and to meet some characters but I was over rain. I made a beeline for the front of the park and over to the ASMu bus line. I think this was one of the stops that was combined with all of the All Stars. I made to the bus shelter before it started to really pour. The bus was loading as I got there but I wasn't able to make it on. The second bus was there shortly, maybe 10 minutes if that.

    I had to stand on the way back to the resort and this was when I really started to feel my feet pain. They hurt. I got back to ASMu and bought some supplies for my feet, a trashy magazine, a reusable shopping bag and some soda. Then I went to the food court and ordered some chicken fingers to go, I love their handy to go dishes and some cheesecake.

    By the time I did all of this, it was DOWNPOURING outside and I had to walk all the way to the Broadway Section. I pulled out my umbrella and walked kinda on the outside of the buildings, so not straight down the middle path by the big pool if that makes sense. I was able to skirt the buildings, get closer to mine and avoid the gusty rain wind.

    I settled in my room, thinking I might go swimming later that night. I knew one thing for sure, I wanted to rest my feet and stay out of the rain.

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    They were delish! The duh moment I had of the night was that I bought cheesecake but not utensil to eat it with. I did a lovely crushing of the container in order to eat it. No way was I going out for a silly think like a spoon!

    I watched some TV, relaxed, soaked my feet again and just enjoyed myself. Even though I wasn't in a park and I didn't go swimming, I really enjoyed my night in.

    I formulated my plan for the next day...I was going to have a leisurely morning and head to Magic Kingdom mid-afternoon so I could stay for Spectromagic that night. I really wanted to rest my feet some so that I could be ready to go when Mom arrived on Wednesday.
     
  7. FairyGodmotherJen

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    It sounds like you had a good time, even by yourself. I love the Muppet ride. I was such a fan of theirs when I was a kid - that's the ride that sends me back, much like the Little Mermaid does for you. :goodvibes

    Your plan for the next day sounds great - exactly the kind of thing I'd like to do. I'm looking forward to next summer, when I maybe will have a chance to do a leisurely morning before Spectro!!
     
  8. IluvXU

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    Yea a LL before I go to bed. So glad you enjoyed your Post- Jen time at DHS. I like HS a lot, and I like its size... you can zig and zag and survive!
     
  9. MEK

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    LL:

    Where was that last picture at HS taken? Sorry - for some reason I could not get it to copy.

    I love what you did during your solo afternoon. It is a weird feeling to be solo, but in such a good way. The freedom can be exhilirating.

    I have never seen the voyage of the little mermaid, but perhaps I should because I really enjoy puppets. I also love OMD and it gets me teary-eyed everytime I watch it, too. I love that you took so many nice pictures. We had to rush through it cause the movies was starting.

    I also love your muppet pictures - outstanding!
     
  10. Charleston Princess

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    LL, glad you enjoyed your solo time at DHS before the rain! I know you love Julie Andrews so I am sure you already know that she and Tony Walton were married at one point -- I did not realize that he had designed her Jolly Holliday dress until I read your update -- I wish Charles could design super fabulous clothing for me! :lmao:
     
  11. Lady Lallie

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    I used to watch Muppet Babies a lot growing up, does anyone else remember that show? Then I started getting into the Muppet Movies and then the Muppet Show.

    I was very much looking forward to my Spectro night at MK. :thumbsup2

    That is just it, it's so easy to do the whole park and not feel completely exhausted which is just what my poor feet needed that day.

    That picture was taken over near the area that has the statues of famous people, kinda near American Idol. I thought it was a cute little background, very pretty.

    The freedom was exhilarating but it did feel a bit weird until I hit my solo groove.

    Yes, I did know that. Walt actually enticed Julie Andrews into Mary Poppins by offering Tony a costume designing position on the movie. I think he did most everything if I am not mistaken. I wish Marc could do that too! Wouldn't that be amazing? :rotfl2:
     
  12. cjackearl

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    I'm glad you got to enjoy some attractions at DHS before the rain began. Great start to your solo adventure.:)
     
  13. Happydog

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    Just got these last updates read.... Brown Derby again looked great! I am thinking I will go for this one in Dec... I remember it being very good! That strawberry cheesecake DOES look good!:thumbsup2

    Glad you got to ride TSM together!

    It is nice to have some down time, I am sure that evening in was a good strategy for taking your time and getting ready for your mom... how fun! I can't wait to hear about that!
     
  14. carissanboys

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    A lot of updates this week! :thumbsup2

    That's the first time I've seen pictures of the characters from Up - cool!

    Glad you both got your cowboy and gangster. :goodvibes

    Sad to see Jen go, but I'm loving hearing about your solo time. I think it would be cool to be there alone and do what you want - for a little bit anyway.
     
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    Sounds like a nice relaxing afternoon in DHS! I feel the same way about that park...nearly tied for second place. You are right, there is something about it being smaller that makes you feel like you can take your time a little more.

    I found your thoughts on Little Mermaid interesting. I was 16 when that movie came out and for me, it was all about the romance. Now as a parent, I probably feel the parent letting the child go thing more. I honestly never saw it as sad that Ariel was leaving her family (cause she had her man!) Funny that 9 years between us can make such a difference in outlook
     
  16. Lady Lallie

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    I probably could have stuck it out for a bit longer but I didn't want to have to wait forever for a bus in the rain. I was happy to miss most of it.

    Brown Derby is delightful, such a great place to relax too.

    I was very happy for my relaxing evening.

    The characters from Up are very cute, I wish I had gone back to see them.

    That's so funny. I think my little girl self couldn't fathom loving someone enough to leave my family. As I got old I saw more of the romance. :goodvibes
     
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    Did you all know that DHS (when it was MGM) used to have a Hidden Mickey built into the actual park? You can see it here in this park map-center but upside down. It was visible from the sky -Echo Lake is one ear....the other ear was sort of painted on the roofs of buildings. And you could see it on early park maps. Sadly all you can see now on the maps is part of Mickey's mouth and nose.
     
  18. PookieB

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    All caught up! Some great eats LL! You have introduced to some new snacks I must try in Oct. :popcorn The corn dog nuggets and cream cheese pretzel look very yummy. So sorry about the rain and your feet hurting but it looks like you made the best of it. :goodvibes
     
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    That is one very cool piece of Disney trivia and I would love to have one of those maps! You really do learn something new everyday on the DIS!
     
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    What a great solo afternoon/evening. Glad you found your groove! :)

    TSM is so much fun, isn't it? Although I've been through One Man's Dream twice before you got pics of some things I haven't seen. I am so looking forward to exploring it more carefully this trip. And capping it off with dinner at Brown Derby. :cloud9:

    Oh, my friends the Muppets. How I :lovestruc them. That's another area I want to really explore this time. And see the WHOLE pre-show. And find the key under the map. See the net full of jello. :lmao:

    SO very sorry your feet gave you such trouble. I hate having to stand on the bus at the end of a long day. :sad2: I know you are planning lots of blister preventatives for your next trip-- I wonder if it was all the rain that exacerbated the issues? :confused3 Hopefully we won't have that to contend with in Sept/Oct!
     
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    You did great on your own! I'm glad you finally got to talk to your mom on the phone!
    It seems to me that the rain forced you to give your feet some much needed rest!
     

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