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Who Invited My Mother In Law? A Moderately Deluxe TR All New X 3 & PTR Link 2/3 !!

Discussion in 'Completed Trip Reports' started by shan23877, May 7, 2012.

  1. TeresaNJ

    TeresaNJ Full time stay at home crafter!

    Sep 13, 1999
    Just started your TR, and your daughter is adorable! Loved seeing the video of her big surprise! Looking forward to reading more.:)
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  3. teetee830

    teetee830 "If you can dream it you can do it."~Walt Disney

    Sep 28, 2010
    I just spent the morning reading your TR. Nice job! My DS is 5 as well and would stop playing to look at your pics with me. He thinks your DD is cute. :love:

    We were there in March, first week of Flower and Garden, when was your trip (did I miss that in your report)?
  4. amandaw

    amandaw DIS Veteran

    Jan 2, 2011
    Love your updates!!!

    Where to start.....

    TSMM!!! You have to know I'm pumped to hear your experience at TSMM after eating at H&V! I am sooo hoping we have the same kind of experience!

    Seems like y'all were getting a lot done that morning....Little Mermaid show, Art of Animation. That line for the Disney Jr. show can get long quick! Hopefully, we'll be able to hit it at a good time because Reid is already talking about seeing it again this year.

    I'm so sorry you couldn't find a frozen concoction or your Cubs vinylmation! :headache: As for a vintage rock tee - have you tried:


    They have all sorts of stuff. When Reid was a baby, I had bought him some onesies from there (like Red Hot Chili Peppers, etc.)

    I would have been frustrated too with having to wait for the B&TB show.
  5. hstrickland

    hstrickland Way Down South...

    Jul 17, 2009
    Loving all the pics!!!! Great picture of Maddie at DHS...the one with the rose. Ok...I'm wondering....what is a soft open?? I think that's what you said...DHS had a soft open or something like that? Is this new?
  6. shan23877

    shan23877 I make lists about my lists

    Jul 9, 2011
    Isn't that the way it goes? You finally have an excuse to check out all of the kid stuff, and the kids aren't interested!

    I assume that we won't be so lucky next trip, so I should be able to help you decide if taking the time for Disney Jr. Live is worth it!

    I can't wait until Maddie is old enough for the animation class (maybe next trip?). I think that DH and I did it on our honeymoon trip, but I can't remember. :confused3

    Isn't that crazy?!? I couldn't believe that woman, but it was kind of funny too. She must have really wanted to ride. I would totally avoid the madness if we didn't love that ride so much! Our arms were a little tired, but we had a great time.

    It's like we've known each other forever...

    :confused3 I was just glad that it started sooner rather than later!

    Thanks for taking the time to jump back in! Thanks!
  7. shan23877

    shan23877 I make lists about my lists

    Jul 9, 2011
    Thanks! We'd never seen PP there either, but Maddie was over the moon about it!

    :lmao: I really, really wanted a frozen coke.

    Thank you! Maddie was really excited to see PP there!

    :rotfl2: I may not have had the guts to be honest about my attitude if we hadn't talked about it a week before!

    Thanks so much for checking in Mel! I have been following your TR as well, but I assumed you'd understand if I didn't always comment. :goodvibes
  8. shan23877

    shan23877 I make lists about my lists

    Jul 9, 2011
    Thanks Ponzorama!

    You MUST! If you have a princess lover like mine, she'd love the show. Maddie refuses to skip it, and would probably see the show several times per trip if we'd let her.

    The resort was soooo pretty. We just loved it there.

    The pink mayo was new to me too. But it was tasty!

    It's not my fave either. I love the story and the movie, and I think the show is really well done- but I don't like sitting in shows at WDW! I barely have the patience to wait for parades! I would rather keep moving, but my DD sure does love them.

    That's exactly what we should have done. I really wish that I'd been more proactive (in a kind, gracious way of course) on the trip. I think I'd have ended up with much better memories.

    It was irritating, but we're so much better informed for next time.
  9. shan23877

    shan23877 I make lists about my lists

    Jul 9, 2011
    Thanks so much for joining in! I really appreciate it!

    I promise to post this week! Maybe twice!

    We were there April 21-28. It was a great time to visit!

    Thanks for the tip! I'll definitely look into that website! I really think just oneo or two Aerosmith Ts will finish off my collection (I have to divide my Tshirts into categories- Cubs, Illini, sports general, and music. I have too many, but I love them!)

    Thanks Heather! She loved that photo spot!

    From what I understand, DHS is trying out a different approach to rope drop to alleviate the TSMM Madness. Instead of letting everyone in right at 9 am, they slowly started letting the people who were lined up in at around 8:50.

    That way, everyone sort of trickled in at open versus stampeding.
  10. Z28KatCar

    Z28KatCar "A wish is a dream your heart makes"

    Feb 2, 2009
    Subscribed! First, I think your family might be my family's doppelgänger. My husband reads the Disboards but does it through my screen name, he is the one that found your trip report and stared reading it to me. We bribe our daughter, who's 7, to try new things too. I love Friends, Coyote Ugly & Center stage, my DH has never heard of the last movie. Anyhow, the similarities were making me laugh throughout your TR. I kept telling my DH "OMG, they are just like us". If I had said it one more time he was going to wish he had never found your TR, lol. Thank you for the amazing TR, we love it so far! PS. We were both reading your TR on our iPads, lol.
  11. CandleontheWater

    CandleontheWater Forever in love with Hathaway Browne

    Mar 5, 2007
    Three rides on TSM! Way to go! And congrats to your DH on the high score!

    Good call on Disney Jr, I know I'll be stuck watching it again this trip, but I'm pretty much over it.

    20 mins! Belle needed to get a move on! I'd be grumpy too!
  12. danielle79

    danielle79 Dreaming of the Castle!

    Jul 21, 2010
    All caught up! I know this is a bit late but nice job handling the comment about writing things on the internet about your MIL. As I have mentioned we live across the street from my MIL and I totally understand! I don't think I would invite my parents or in-laws to Disney ever, it would ruin my magic! I believe I am going to start the longest PTR ever, we are planning to go in 515 days? What do you think? Kids all start school tomorrow so I will have a bit more time and we just bought a laptop on Sunday so now I can type in bed after the kids go to sleep!:cool1:
  13. afwdwfan

    afwdwfan DIS Dad #460

    Apr 23, 2010
    I wasn't very sure how I felt about the new opening procedures at DHS, but it looks like it worked out very well for you! :thumbsup2 I guess by now though, everyone knows that's how they do it, so I'm sure the crowd has adjusted as well to make sure to thoroughly clog the FP and standby lines. :rotfl:

    I can't blame you for feeling a little grumpy. When you have to keep meeting characters and watch shows that you aren't all that interested in, it is bound to catch up with you eventually. I have to say though, if I was given the option of sitting and waiting for a delayed show or going to ride Rockin Rollercoaster, there would have been a trail of flames behind me as I left.:rotfl::rotfl2::lmao:
  14. TinksThree

    TinksThree DIS Veteran

    Sep 28, 2009
    TSMM three times!! How awesome! That is one Keith would ride over and over if the wait wasn't always so long. You guys lucked out!

    I still have yet to see Little Mermaid or Beauty and the Beast. I think I better make way for B&TB in October but I feel guilty that Madison may never get to see it! :guilty:

    I loved the PP pictures in front of B&TB! So cute! That is the first time i have seen those.

    I understand the grumpies all too well!:sad2:
  15. ronnmel

    ronnmel DIS Veteran

    Apr 5, 2010
    Of course I understand. There's only so many times you can say "you're baby is so cute". :lmao:
  16. uscgmouse

    uscgmouse Mouseketeer

    May 19, 2011

    Okay I just about died!!! Really choked on my eggs! Love it! She copped a feel!:rotfl2:
  17. IheartDDuck

    IheartDDuck DIS Veteran

    Sep 20, 2009
    Wow. I am completely and insanely jealous that you guys were the first riders on TSM! And Mrs. Shovey? Karma does always come back to bite you in the butt, doesn't it? Take that McShovey!
  18. shan23877

    shan23877 I make lists about my lists

    Jul 9, 2011
    We were dining at 50s Prime Time Café that day. If you’re unfamiliar with the restaurant, it’s a place that looks exactly like your grandma’s house and where you’re treated like family. Literally. Your family (servers) will delight in picking on your bad manners, insist that you eat your vegetables, and check to make sure you’ve washed your hands before the meal. Sounds like fun right? We thought so!


    50's Prime Time Cafe
    Disney's Hollywood Studios
    Lunch and Dinner

    Non-Alcoholic Specialties

    Glowing Character Punch - Minute Maid Light Lemonade Punch served in a souvenir cup with a glowing Disney Character Light $6.49
    Mega-Berry Smoothie - Raspberry Purée and Nonfat Yogurt blended with Odwalla Berries GoMega (an excellent source of Omega-3) $4.69
    Flavored Sodas - Coke blended with vanilla or cherry flavors. Unlimited refills $3.19
    Mickey's Bee Bop Drink delicious cherry-flavored Sprite with Dad's Glowing Electric Ice Cubes served in a souvenir cup $5.99
    Root Beer or Coke Float $4.69
    Milkshakes and Malts $4.99


    Aunt Annie's Seafood Salad - Lump Blue Crab, Bay Scallops, and Shrimp tossed in Citrus Vinaigrette served on seasonal Greens $9.99
    Chicken Noodle Soup - Hearty mixture of chicken, vegetables, and egg noodles $6.49
    Cousin Amy's Iceberg Lettuce Wedge - Blue Cheese Dressing, Bacon, and Chives $5.49
    Blue Claw Crab Cake - lump crab cake served with succotash with chili sauce and crispy onions $9.49
    Beer Battered Onion Rings for Two - served with Horseradish sauce $8.49

    Don't forget to mind your manners!


    A Sampling of Mom's Favorite Recipes - Crispy-fried Chicken, Fork Tender Pot Roast, and Traditional Meatloaf with all the fixings $19.99
    Grilled Boneless Pork Loin - glazed with peppered mushroom gravy with mashed potatoes and green beans $20.99
    Cousin Barry's Olive Oil Poached Salmon - served with sweet peas, brown rice pilaf, and a dill cream sauce $19.99
    Caesar Salad - Romaine lettuce tossed with caesar dressing, grated parmesan, and garlic croutons. With Chicken $13.49; With Salmon $15.49
    Aunt Liz's Golden Fried Chicken - served with mashed potatoes, chicken gravy and southern greens $16.99
    50's Prime Time Café Blue Plate Fish Special - A healthy seasonal alternative with all the fixings. Market Price
    Spaghetti and "Meatballs" - Multigrain spaghetti and vegetarian meatballs with Dad's Marinara Sauce $15.99
    Dad's Traditional Meatloaf - a blend of beef and pork topped with tomato glaze, mashed potatoes, and green beans $14.99
    Mom's Old Fashioned Pot Roast - Slow cooked 'til fork tender, served with mashed potatoes, carrots, celery and onions $17.99
    Grandma's Chicken Pot Pie - A creamy cheese mixture of chicken, mushrooms, carrots, celery, onions, and peas topped with a flaky pastry $17.99

    "No dessert unless you finish your vegetables"


    Dad's Brownie Sundae - Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream, Hot Fudge, and Caramel topping $5.99
    No Sugar Added Cheesecake - topped with fresh whipped cream and strawberry sauce $5.49
    Seasonal Cobbler $5.49; ala mode $7.49
    50's Boston Cream Parfait - layers of chocolate fudge, vanilla cream, and pound cake topped with whipped dream $5.49
    S'mores $4.79
    Ice Cream Sundaes $4.99

    We are happy to discuss with you and attempt to accommodate any dietary or special needs diets.

    Prices do not include sales tax and gratuity.

    18% gratuity will be added to parties of 8 or more


    Coca Cola, Sprite, Caffeine-free Diet Coke, Pink Lemonade $2.00
    Cappuccino $3.25
    Cafe au Lait $2.50
    Espresso $2.95
    Milk $2.00
    Chocolate Milk $2.00
    Brewed Iced Tea $2.00
    Hot Tea $2.00
    Coffee (regular or decaf) $2.00
    Carnation Hot Cocoa $2.00
    From Dad's Liquor Cabinet
    Our Family's Glowing Drinks
    served with Dad's "Experimental Electric Ice Cubes"
    Magical Star Cocktail - X-Fusion Organic mango and passion fruit liqueur, Parrot Bay Coconut Rum, Pineapple Juice and a sourvenier glow cube $10.50
    Dad's Electric Lemonade - Dad whips up an electrifying blue drink with Bacardi rum, Skyy vodka, blue curacao, sweet and sour mix and Sprite $10.50
    Mowie Wowie -- Malibu rum, melon liqueur, peach schnapps, orange and pineapple juices. $10.50
    Grandma's Picnic Punch -- Grandma concocted a wonderful drink for the family picnic with Skyy vodka, peach schnapps, creme de cassis, light lemonade and pineapple juice. $10.50
    Bottled Beer
    Budweiser $5.75
    Coors Light $4.50
    Miller Lite $4.50
    Samuel Adams $5.75
    Heineken $5.75
    Corona Light $5.75
    Stella Artois $6.75
    Draft Beer
    Bud Light $5.25
    Yuengling $6.00
    Blue Moon $6.00
    Samuel Adams Seasonal $6.00

    We checked in for our 12:15 reservation, and were told to take a seat in the living room until our name was called. And, I remembered to take photos!!


    Hidden Mickey on the coffee table



    We only waited about 10 minutes before we were seated at our Uncle Tony’s kitchen table (we got a TV table too!), and prepared for some comfort food like grandma used to make.



    Directly behind where Maddie and I were sitting


    Uncle Tony approached and immediately said “So nice to finally see you again. Think you’re too good to visit your Uncle Tony once in a while?” I had told DH about the restaurant’s schtick, and he was eager to play along. He assured Uncle Tony that we were very sorry no to have visited more often, and we’d do better.

    We had pretty much decided what we wanted before we left for the trip, so we placed our orders right away. Uncle Tony said that we couldn’t technically get Bryan a milkshake as his drink on the DxDP, but Maddie could get one. Since she wanted a Sprite, Uncle Tony got Bryan his milkshake.

    He returned quickly with our appetizers, but refused to put them on the table until we assured him that we’d washed our hands. We said we did, and he immediately asked “what color is the soap?” Bryan guessed pink, and I said blue. Tony chastised Bryan and said to me “I think you’re lying, but your right. I’m keeping my eye on you.”

    Bryan ordered the crab cakes. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much left by the time I remembered to take the photo. Bryan thought the crab cakes were just ok, but the milkshake more than made up for the boring crab cakes. He declared it to be ‘outstanding’. (Bryan is not only a connoisseur of pizza and biscuits and gravy, but of vanilla ice cream and milkshakes as well)

    You can sort of see the crab cakes in the corner!



    I had the wedge salad, and it was PERFECT. The portion was huge, the bacon was crispy, and the dressing was great. I love a good wedge salad, so I was in heaven.

    And apparently I was enjoying it so much that I forgot to take the photo until I'd eaten half


    Maddie had the fruit as usual. What can I say? She loves the stuff! She was a little unsure about Uncle Tony’s antics, but he made a point of praising her manners and calling her ‘princess’ every time he came to the table.

    Throughout the appetizer course, Bryan kept his elbows blatantly on the table in hopes that Uncle Tony would notice and give him the business about it. He thought that Tony wasn’t paying any attention until we heard Uncle Tony at a table near ours talking to a teenager. “At least your manners are slightly better than Elbow’s over there”. He turned to glare at Bryan saying “I know your momma taught you better than that!” Bryan was pleased.

    Our entrees arrived shortly. Bryan chose Aunt Liz’s Golden Fried Chicken. He thought that it was good, but not the best fried chicken he’s ever had. He’s glad that he got it, but says that next time he’ll try something else.

    Even so, this is as close as he'd let me get to the chicken


    I had Grandma’s Chicken Pot Pie. It was delicious. It was full of large chunks of chicken and perfectly cooked vegetables. I don’t really like a pot pie with a full top and bottom crust so this one with the puff pastry was perfect. I loved it and will most certainly order it again.


    Maddie had the mac and cheese. To my knowledge, she didn’t have an opinion on way or another about it. She didn’t eat much of it, but she didn’t say she didn’t like it either.

    I'm not sure that I meant for the drink to be the focus of the photo, but in my defense I was still getting used to the idea of photographing our meals


    While we enjoyed our meals, most of the tables around us emptied. As Uncle Tony cleared them he loudly grumbled “Oh sure, you guys go off and have fun. I’ll clean up after you!”

    As the other guests left, I took the opportunity to photograph the dining room


    We needn’t have worried about finishing our vegetables, because by the time we finished our entrees, we were simply too full for dessert. Even Maddie passed up the chance to have ice cream. Uncle Tony was mildly offended that we were ‘too good for his mom’s cooking’, but we held firm.

    Over all, we really enjoyed our lunch at 50s Prime Time. The food was good, and to be fair it had gotten really hot that morning so none of us really felt like eating a ton, but we had a LOT of fun. Uncle Tony, much like the Tremaines at 1900 Park Fare, sensed immediately that Maddie wouldn’t enjoy being teased so he just treated her like a princess. I think that 50’s PT would be perfect for any family, but especially those families with older children and teens who would enjoy playing along. It may not become an every trip restaurant for us, but we’ll definitely be back!
  19. shan23877

    shan23877 I make lists about my lists

    Jul 9, 2011

    First of all, I'm a huge fan of the word doppelganger. Second, that's awesome! I'm so relieved to know that someone out there understands me!! :lmao: I have a very serious question though- how do you feel about Empire Records?

    Centerstage is one of the finest films of our generation. I am so glad that you understand this. And Friends is my favorite TV show ever. I still watch it all the time.

    Love that you're driving your DH crazy with the TR! I read things aloud to my DH so much that I sometimes end up reading him the whole book! (Sh*t My Dad Says, Bossypants, and most of Rick Reilly's old columns in SI)

    Thanks again for joining in, and don't be a stranger!

    :lmao: Thanks Marissa!

    Thank you so much. I really appreciate that. It was kind of a prickly situation. ;)

    Let me know when the PTR starts! It's never too early!

    :rotfl2: I wanted to go to RnRC, but it wasn't a real offer. It was one of those "do what you want, I'll be here doing the right thing by our child" offers. The kind that wives usually specialize in. :lmao:

    I was so not proud of myself that day. Had to be honest about it though. :(

    :rotfl: She is that cute though Mel!!! Absolutely adorable!

    :rotfl2: Sorry to cause you harm. It was pretty funny though.

    It was a great morning for TSMM! Ms. Shovey was something special though. NO ONE ELSE IN LINE!!! It was sort of sweet revenge to ride first. ;)
  20. jedijill

    jedijill <font color=red>Chiefs fan living in Bronco countr

    Jan 17, 2005
    Vanilla? Who gets vanilla milkshakes at PTC when they have the PB&J milkshake which is THE.BEST.THING.ON.EARTH??????????? :rotfl2:

    Anywho...Uncle Tony sounds like a hoot! Glad you had a great meal.

    Jill in CO
  21. smidgy

    smidgy dimples

    Aug 27, 2006
    I thought the PBand J shake was way too sweet. (sorry). but we loved the cholate shake and the chocolate malt.
    (the malt may have been a tad too sweet,)

    nebo and I once split a meal at prime time. we each had 2 pieces of chicken we asked for 2 orders of potatos instead of potatos and greens. (although, next time, I'll get the greens. who, all of a sudden decided that all mashed potatos have to be "red-skinned?" wasnt that way in the 50's. mom peeled her potatos!)

    so, we were paying OOP, and shared an appetizer of onion rings, a chicken dinner, and a chocolate shake (which was HUGE!). and we were full. voila!

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