Where did this heat and all these people come from? The new PTR/TR link 5/7

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  1. jenniferreich

    jenniferreich Mouseketeer

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    Hi! I'm just beginning your trip report; it's so much fun to read! Your photos are great too! I, too, love the style of the Wilderness Lodge! Thanks! Jennifer
     
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  3. Cory's Gal

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    Hi Katie!! I am all caught up! First off, congrats on the new job!! You must be so excited to start this week!! I hope it goes well for you!!:goodvibes Your travels around WS with your group was lovely! How nice to spend some time with just your dad! It seems like the two of you enjoyed your time together, especially your dinner!! The entertainment looks like a lot of fun! How wonderful to have them take back some souvenirs for you too!! :thumbsup2 Your dad made a very handsome Romeo!!!

    Looks like a nice trip to the Dells. I have been several times and has yet to do the Ducks!! It's been at the top of my list for a looooooong time, and now with your beautiful pics it's a MUST for us!!

    Thanks for the nice picture tour of CSR too! There were so many wonderful shots you got, especially that gator! YIKES!! Cape May looked like fun, I have had good luck at all of our breakfast buffets so far, the food has always been good and fresh!!! Looking forward to more!!!:goodvibes
     
  4. praisehisname

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    Oh, Tom would be all over that! :rotfl2: He looooves mustard!


    So cool! And they even had the Disney characters out for you! :goodvibes


    What an amazing tour; you got a lot of great pictures!

    Thanks for the walking tour of CSR; very beautiful how clear the reflections are in the water!



    Hmmm, straight from breakfast to a tequila bar... :rolleyes1 You're my kind of gal! :lmao:
     
  5. kschafer

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    I am SO sorry to be so neglectful about my report!!!!!

    I started my new job this week and the person who had this position last year left an unorganized mess!! I have spent this week trying to sort out everything and made sense of it all. Basically, I am in charge of a computer lab where about 100 students come throughout the day (instead of study hall) and they work on online courses to earn credits for classes they have previously failed. The kids aren't too bad, I was worried about this, especially after what I heard about the previous person there having a "fun" environment for students. In my opinion, this is not where kids should want to end up, there will be no more pizza parties, chair races down the hallway or free Fridays!! They are adjusting to my stricter rules fairly well. They are testing me but I think we'll get there soon enough!

    The other problem I'm having is that I still haven't been trained on the program so only about half of my students had something to work on this week (classes they had started last year but not finished). I'm supposed to get a small training Monday morning then time without kids in the afternoon so hopefully I will get the others in the system and hit the ground running on Tuesday.

    I PROMISE the Cinco de Mayo meet update this weekend!!!!



    It was kind of a pain to get there but so nice to just walk into Epcot when we were done. I get why people love it there, it would be especially nice during F&W I think!

    I will do my best, it's been so long, I took pictures of everyones drinks and I'm glad I took pictures of the menu!

    I did love CSR! Cape May was yummy and from Boardwalk, it's a great choice :thumbsup2 According to AllEars, it's just the 3 characters. It also says Chip and Dale were removed, there is no reference to Mickey :confused3

    Have you made a decision about October?

    My brother's family had a great time on their trip! It was fun to get pictures and know where they were spending their time

    :laughing: Honestly, that may have been exactly why I went walking! We didn't have to leave yet, I was ready for the day and thought I would go get more pics for the TR!

    I missed Mickey but made sure I saw him later...twice actually :thumbsup2

    I had heard the best place to see the gator was by the laguna bar so I always looked too but this was the only day I saw him/her

    I hope to stay at BC someday! My next possible trip will be Nov 2011 and I don't know if we will try on that trip or not. A big reason to want to stay there is SAB and I don't know how much use we would get out of it in Nov. It may have to wait until I manage F&W trip then I can just walk right in for a snack ::yes::

    My brother said it was their first character encounter and of course their 2 year old was the only one who didn't understand Pooh was someone special and he still gave tons of loving to him!

    Any character would have made it seem a bit nicer, Daisy maybe, you don't see her often
     
  6. MeMom

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    I saw lights similar to these on a House Hunters or some HGTV show the other day, and I said out loud (to myself), "Those are Coronado lights!"

    I'm a Disney dork, as you well know. :sad2:


    True. :) When Wigd sees these pictures, she must feel like she is at home. :thumbsup2
     
  7. kschafer

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    :laughing: I didn't realize we were both there that morning! So glad to see you for a little while at the meet though!

    Only 20 days now :cool1: Are you ready to go home?

    Just tell CP (our own little piglet) that all gators at Disney are well behaved!

    chip and dale or daisy would be just the right addition if for some reason they feel like Mickey shouldn't be there!

    3 characters just seemed like too few :confused3 Despite that and the not so stellar service, the food was yummy enough to return for!

    :laughing: Tequilla this weekend I promise!

    Breakfast was good but their clambake looks yummy too...I can't believe in all your stays that you've never eaten there!

    We ate at that restaurant last year too but they added the train since then, the boys loved it! (and they have an insane buffalo burger topped with bacon, pepperoni, canadian bacon and pulled pork!)

    It would be a good choice for a day where you want to try something new, maybe a late breakfast and a visit to DTD since it's fairly close!

    Sorry about the delay but :welcome: I hope you'll be patient and stick around!

    WL is awesome, also on my wish list for someday!

    Hey Beth! The day with Mom and Dad was a surprising but fun addition to the trip. Seeing Dad as Romeo was awesome :goodvibes

    A duck trip was not on the top of my list but ended up being one of the highlights!

    It was an interesting side trip. Not exactly a direct route to our destination but an interesting

    The TS3 gang was a good touch :thumbsup2 Mr Pricklepants cracks me up :rotfl: I thinks it's his name!

    The water was so still that morning. I loved the reflections too

    Well, a late breakfast...tequilla was really at lunch time :rolleyes1
     
  8. Poolrat

    Poolrat I am alive, sometimes I wonder too.

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    :rotfl2::rotfl2::rotfl2:

    We had carpet in our fitness center that was the exact pattern found at the Poly. It was replaced last year but everytime I walked through I thought of the Poly.:)

    Disney Dorks UNITE !!!:rotfl2: I had a real Disney Moment when walking to meet jillyb for lunch.
     
  9. kschafer

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    Disney dorks unite!!!! :grouphug:

    I don't know if Wigd is around here, I haven't heard from her in awhile :confused3
     
  10. kschafer

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    OMG...I can't believe we wrote the same thing at the same time!! :rotfl2:

    do tell the story!!
     
  11. KatMark

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    I am so ready to go "home."

    CP...all gator at Disney are VERY well behaved. ;)

    It used to be Chip & Dale (they were there the last time we went) along with Minnnie and Goofy. Then they added Donald, and got ride of C&D. Not sure why? :confused3
     
  12. jillyb

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    It's a funny story!! But I'll let Poolrat tell it. :goodvibes
     
  13. Poolrat

    Poolrat I am alive, sometimes I wonder too.

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    OKay I will admit the ultimate in Disney fever ( and dorkiness)

    jillyb and I met on these boards and realized we both work on opposite side of the same downtown ( or uptown ) area. It is a quick free trolley ride to the center and we meet for lunch when we can.

    This past Wednesday ( and every Wednesday) I do not go into to work until 1pm. I am approaching my facility and see the trolley go by. I realize that the next one won't be for at least 10 more minutes. I park my car at my facility and walk out to the street.

    I decide to cut through a courtyard of sorts at a nearby group of buildings. This area has a large number of tables and chairs and benches and there are some fast food places, bojangles chicked, quiznos,chick-Fil-a etc. It is a large place where employees in the surrounding buildings can eat lunch.

    I have just bought a new MP3 and downloaded all sorts of Disney music so I believe" Hakuna Matata" is playing as I walk.

    As I approached the courtyard I see the aluminum like palm tree that was put there as art. :confused3

    I actually stop and think to myself " Where is my camera, I need a picture of this." I had a Disney moment where I thought I was at AK. I do look around and then laugh to myself. Then I get self conscious and make sure no one is staring.:rotfl2::rotfl2:

    Another time there was a BBQ place set up on the sidewalk and as we passed we swore we were at Ak again and passing Falme Tree BBQ. :rotfl2::rotfl2:

    Hello I am Poolrat Pat and I am a disney dork !!! ( my friends actually called me that while we were planning the NYE trip. )

    I was able to ride the bus to work when those gas prices went nuts a couple of years ago. My rationale... If I can do it at Disney I can do it in Charlotte.
    I am ill.:lmao:
     
  14. kschafer

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    I have missed most of your PTR but I'll look forward to keeping up with the TR :thumbsup2

    Too bad C&D are gone, they would have been a nice addition

    that's awesome :lmao: I think we all have moments like that when we lose ourselves in the moment and imagine we are in our happy place!

    I got together with a friend today who I haven't seen in a few years and discovered she is planning a trip to Disney in November. I tried to tone down my geekiness but it was pretty fun to talk to her about plans. (although I had to resist laughing at her when she said they would be going to animal kingdom and Disney world :sad2: Oh yes, and when she asked me how much fastpass privlidges cost)
     
  15. kschafer

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    I worked on this update last night and had just a few additions to make this morning and figured I would finish it over coffee. Imagine my horror when I realized my internet was down! I had plans that would keep me away from home all day and I worried that I wouldn't get an update this weekend as promised but it looks like I'll make it under the wire WHEW!!

    Day 5 continued

    I hadn’t intentionally left you hanging right before we got to one of the highlights of the trip but when I left you, we were headed into

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    While planning this trip, I had the wonderful opportunity to make many new friends on the Dis planning trips for the same week. At some point, a couple of us realized we would be in Epcot on Cinco de Mayo and decided the cave would be the perfect place to meet up. One person invited another and pretty soon we had 30 or some people who said they might try to make it. In the end, not that many showed up but there wouldn’t have been that much room anyway so it all worked out.

    Shelby and I were the first there and others drifted in. I’ll start with introductions and I’ll do my best to include usernames but forgive me if I get some wrong

    Kayce on the right (kcandbella), Michelle (soonergirl) in the middle and her mom on the left

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    Shelby on the left and Stacy (kangaand2roos) on the right

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    The Bug family (bugsdaddy and bugsmomma along with bug and her grandparents)

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    Kelly (100acrewoodfan) and her husband Jim

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    Sharon (princessinoz) on the right and Trish (cdotla) with her son Declan

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    Tracy (manntra) was there too, I promise I have pictures of her coming up. So was flat Beth of course (thanks for this cute pic Michelle!)

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    And knowing how fond Christine is of the libations here, Tracy took this picture to send to C so she knew we were thinking of her!

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    For those tequila fans out there like me, I took a picture of the various drinks. I did have my wits about me too because I took a picture of the drink menu to help me remember the various options that people ordered (I kept the photo size large so you could hopefully read)

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    And I’m going to dig deep into my memory and hope I identify the pictures correctly

    I believe Shelby’s first choice was the passion fruit

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    And Stacy I THINK had the cucumber

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    Kayce chose the magic blue

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    I started with the blood orange

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    Bug’s family shared what looks to be a blended strawberry

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    While Sharon went with the lime

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    I’m fairly certain Michelle’s mom chose the avocado

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    And this one must have been Michelle’s and I’m thinking it must have been the cactus pear

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    This looked so good I was thinking it would be my second choice but then the table next to us ordered drinks that looked so cute, I just had to get it instead. It was the classica, your basic unblended lime but look how cute!! No, I don’t normally describe drinks this way but I just love how it was served, the glass was small but that carafe sitting in a bucket of ice was filled with more.

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    Jim was the only one who broke the margarita trend and he sampled a tequila flight

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    So if you compare our drinks with the menu, we did a pretty good job of covering the entire thing! I had gone into this day thinking I would start with the margarita sampler which had 4 or 5 small tastes then getting a large one of my favorite but it wasn’t on the menu. I think Tracy asked about it and was told that it had been removed because of the larger crowds expected for the holiday. I suppose it would be more time consuming to prepare than just larger single drinks.

    I am happy to report that these drinks were FANTASTIC!!! Pricy yes but really delicious!
     
  16. kschafer

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    In case you are curious about munchies, there are a few options from simple chips with salsa or guacamole or a bit more substantial. Stacy ordered the shrimp ceviche

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    And Kayce had the tostadas (I’m thinking chicken but they could have been crab)

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    We didn’t think of a group picture while everyone was still there but managed to get one with a lot of us (thanks for this great pic Michelle!)

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    We had a great meet! Lots of fun was had like we weren’t a group of strangers. I was so glad to have had the chance to meet everyone!

    The first to arrive was the last to leave. Tracy and I walked out together and stopped to try on some hats

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    Then before separating, got a couple PP taken

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    Shelby and I headed out of Epcot stopping again to take in the awesomeness that is F&G

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  17. KatMark

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    Great update, Katie. I love the pics of all the different drinks. And nice to see they have a few choices of appetizers as well. Love all the DIS member pictures and the group shot.
     
  18. cdotla

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    Great update Katie!:goodvibes

    I wish I could have stayed longer and had more of those delicious drinks!:)
     
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    That was a big 'ol DIS meet! How FUN!!! Great idea on Cinco de Mayo too. :thumbsup2
     
  20. Lady Lallie

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    I'm suddenly very thirsty. I wonder why...?? :lmao:

    I think those are the Crab Tostados. I really want to try them, they look delicious! :cloud9:
     
  21. jillyb

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    Those drinks look awesome!!! Where's my drink list??!! :laughing: :laughing: :laughing:
     

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