Why Not Just Queue Up Another Disney Trip? Link to New TR 6/24 p136!

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  1. MEK

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    Sunday December 18th

    120 mins to Soarin!

    I have to tell you that our trip is more than half over. We only have two more Disney days! Boo Hoo!

    No time for crying. Let's get on with the story, shall we?

    If you didn't get a chance to read about my LI winery tour and surprise DIS meet with Melissa, please go to pg 93.

    I got up nice and early on December 18th, probably because I literally crashed into bed the night before. I got up, made coffee, and laced up to go for a run. But it was cold- brrrrrrrh- outside. I didn't have pants, but I think I was smart enough to bring a long sleeved running shirt. I ran in the opposite direction this morning and I ended up at some villas which were quite close to a main road. It was noisy back there and I was glad that wasn't my Disney home.


    So which park today? Well, Epcot, of course!

    I wore flip flops and shorts to the park (with a long sleeve shirt) and my toes were COLD. I considered going into Mouse Gears and buy a pair of overpriced socks, but two things stopped me. First, I pictured Stacy and Clinton admonishing me for such a severe fashion fopah (flip flops with soaks! :scared1:). Second, I knew it had to warm up in the next hour or so, so I steered us to some inside activities.

    But first we sent Nick to pick up the coveted Soarin FPs. He did such a great job getting the EE FPs, why mess with success?

    FPs in hand I suggested the boys try this.......

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    There was no line and it didn't take them to enter the Design lab

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    Even though the line was short, I had to watch a few other people ride before Denny and Nick were up.

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    I think that is them.

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    No, that is not a lamp growing out of Nick's head.

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    Woo hoo. Flip time

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    One thing I noticed - the ride seems even shorter when you are not riding. By the time they exited the line had grown fairly long, so I skipped it. I guess I could have ridden by myself, but what fun is that and who would have taken the pictures?

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    One of my favorites

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    Time for some NON-flash SE pictures

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    I love the smell of this ride. Weird? I know!

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    Continued......

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    Is that really supposed to be Steve Jobs?

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    Marking a time and place in history, in a recent update to Epcot’s iconic Spaceship Earth ride, Disney even added a garage scene in which a bearded, long-haired young man is slumped over an early prototype of the world’s first personal computer. While not specifically named as Jobs, it’s clear that this scene represents an important moment in technological history that Jobs was a major part of. (Source: Inside the Magic)

    Love this part. I love that you are actually at the top of the globe

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    I think its future time

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    Nick - put your head on straight

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    Clearly someone is going on a trip

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    Looks like I was attached by a pack of hungry mice

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    Is that a hidden Mickey on my head?

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    Good to know that the China Inn is open

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    Watch out for that wall Nick

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    Help, My Oxygen Tank is empty!

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    Notice that someone has a new home in the Pacific Ocean. Nice going Nick!

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    With time to spare before our FPs were due, we headed over to Mission Space

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    Look - there's an orb on Denny's head!

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    I took some pictures inside the attraction

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    Look who

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    And that's it for pictures. I considered taking phone pics during the ride, but decided against it.

    Please remember all photos were taken without a flash.

    After we rode MS we grabbed FPs for TT and headed over to Soarin.

    When we hit the Soarin line I could NOT believe how long the stand by line was. It was seriously almost to the entrance of the queue. Silly people. Why didn't half of you get FP's? Standy by time = 120 mins!

    Oh well, not my problem. My line was moving just fine.

    I remembered seeing Glennbo's Soarin pictures so I decided it wouldn't hurt to take a few nonflash phone pictures.

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    I love how people can never seem to step on their arrows

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    This is actually my favorite scene!

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    Sorry I got things out of order a little bit and I did no editing to these pics, but I hope you enjoyed your Soarin simulation. Maybe next time I'll be brave enough to take the real camera.

    Up Next....An Epcot First

     
  6. Stringbean&Wingnut

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    Oh no!!! I don't drive in the city, I'd be freaking out if I got lost in Brooklyn too!! :laughing: Glad you made it out alright, and your LI weekend seems like it was lots of fun!!

    You're not the only one who loves the smell of Spaceship Earth!! I especially love the burning of Rome scene!

    You got some awesome non-flash photos during the ride!! I'm always impressed by your mad photography skills!! :thumbsup2

    Thanks for inviting us along on your Soarin' ride as well!! I love the beach scene too. I think that and the orange groves are my favorite.
     
  7. glennbo123

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    Glad you found your way back from the city. It looked like a fun weekend getaway though!

    You're giving me too much credit here...I don't think I've taken pictures on Soarin', and haven't even ridden it the last trip (or two?). I have seen some pictures on other TRs so you probably saw some elsewhere. But thanks for thinking of me! :goodvibes
     
  8. thecapells

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    Fun flashback!
    I grew up on Long Island and have taken some winery tours.
    I remember Peconic Bay but don't recall the others you mentioned.
     
  9. thecapells

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    Wow!
    Talk about a long update!
    Nice shots on Spaceship Earth and Soarin'!
    But I'm surprised the Spaceship Earth lines weren't insane so close to opening.
    Was it a long wait?
    I've noticed that it's usually really long right at opening and then dies down for the rest of the day.
     
  10. Poolrat

    Poolrat I am alive, sometimes I wonder too.

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    I grew up there and would never venture through the city. I did take the train in once to meet some friends when I was in college. My parents were freaking out and almost did not let me go. My "city" friends took extraordinary measures to make sure I got home on the train. They even walked me on the train and assigned me a babysitter. :lmao: Luckily the "babysitter" happended to be someone I went to high school with. He sat in front of me in homeroom all 4 years since we were seated alphabetically. :lmao:
     
  11. Moira222

    Moira222 Can't get enough of the Magic & Pixie Dust!

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    oh how did I get 16 pages behind? AAAGGHH!

    Love your visit through the Maharaja trek. I think we only did this in '07 - I usually can only get Joe to walk through one exhibit like this per trip. I am hoping I can get him to walk through it again, though it will depend I think on the heat and the crowd levels that day.

    GREAT Tiger sleeping!

    pretty wine glass I love the gold designs and mickey heads. I hope they still have something like that in June. Since we are driving, I can buy things that I normally would be afraid to put in luggage on an airline. could be dangerous!!!

    chocolate truffle cherry wine... yes please.

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    (ok still behind but since I apparently fell asleep with my fingers on my keyboard I need to go to bed. )
     
  12. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

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    I'm with you there. I have a hard time keeping up on ones that don't as I can't tell if it's an update or banter


    That is a great plan!

    Is it b/c the nephews are younger? Would there be room for Nick to bring a friend? I remember you doing that with Brian. K would not be thrilled if it was "just" WDW either and as it is, wanted to bring a friend (but got over it when we talked her through the cost..our rooms only sleep 5!).

    UGH. And I'm sure doesn't get the coveted hard to get Treehouse either.




    LOL! Something for next time.

    :rotfl:

    I checked this morning for the week before ours, right now no BW Boardwalk view, 4 nights garden/pool but not all sequential. BCV had the same 4 nights which was bizarre! I actually think, given what we are chatting about recently with MNSSHP and FW that if we end up with a split having VWL on the front end would probably be very cool!

    It's a framer!

    UGH! We are just going there with K now as well although she's 2014. Right now it's about summer soccer camps at potential schools that fit both bills. It's tough as her club team is frankly, sucking wind at the moment and that doesn't help her at all. It is likely unless things drastically change, we will be looking at a change of clubs (again). T was easier though super stressful. At least with K we don't have to worry about her going, it's a where not an if, unlike T who was an if. We did confirm that the running start will definitely pay off, potentially almost 2 full years. IF he can get the required classes in on time, since they aren't offered every quarter it's a bit of a scheduling challenge.

    FUN weekend girl trip and you guys look like you are having a blast. So cool you got to hook up with Melissa!
     
  13. teekathepony

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    Ohh I wish I wasn't claustrophobic!! I want to try the Sum of all Thrills so much!
    I DO love SE <3 I did some research on the Steve Jobs scene too. It's a very interesting moment in time for sure.

    I love the smell of the monorails. :confused3 I think it smells like heavy horses. :rotfl2:
    Your Soarin' pictures made me tear up! Hahaha, oh I love that ride.
    Can't wait to hear about the Epcot first!
     
  14. jeremysdisneymom

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    Getting all caught up today!

    Glad you got to ride EE at night but hate that it was not what you expected. I loved it when we did it in 2008. Thought the tree of life was beautiful all lit up from above.

    Looks like you had a nice girls weekend. How neat that you got to see Melissa.

    Loved your pictures of Soarin! That is probably my favorite ride on property. My favorite part is the orange groves. :scared1:Geez, a 120 minutes wait--no thank you! I can't believe people actually stand in line for that.

    I have never rode Mission Space. It looks like a tight space to me and I do not like tight spaces. Is it?

    Too funny about you liking the smell on Spaceship Earth.
     
  15. Poolrat

    Poolrat I am alive, sometimes I wonder too.

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    120Min for Soarin'? I saw 240!!!! The week between Christmas And New Years:scared1::scared1::scared1:
     
  16. MEK

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    Actually, I found out from my coworker (who grew up in the city) that I was actually in Manhattan. Go to know! :rotfl:

    I was quietly freaking out and then, when I kept missing the lincoln tunnel, I was actively freaking out. :scared1:

    Still a fun weekend!

    Yes - I love that smell! Not sure why. :confused3 There is just something comforting, yet filled with anticipation, feeling when I smell that.

    This is the best I have ever done with pictures in there. I just worked the shutter speed and tried to adjust the light settings.

    The orange groves because of the smell - of course.

    But those surfers at dusk. It's like they are having so much fun that they trying to get one more run in before its too dark.

    It was a ton of fun. I really like Long Island - well, except for getting there and coming home! :rotfl:


    Are you SURE it wasn't you? :confused3 Yeah - I guess you are sure. :rotfl: Well, darn, who the heck was it???? I know it was a guy DISer and it was posted in the last year or so. Oh well. I take it back. You are no longer my inspiration. :laughing:

    Sparkling point is new and its the most upscale of the ones we visited. Duck Walk and Osprey were further east than Peconic Bay. We also hit Pindor, but by then I wasn't counting. :rotfl: I bet Long Island is gorgeous in the summer and fall.

    I don't know what got into me last night. When I finished with the Spaceship Earth pics I just decided to post the Soarin pics since they were on my phone.

    I'm pretty happy with my SE shots. No - the wait was not long at all. It wasn't exactly a walk on but maybe 5 minutes, tops! Just good timing, I think.

    I wonder how many people never come off Long Island because they can't stand the thought of having to drive through NYC! :rotfl:

    That's a great story about the train babysitter! :laughing: It probably made your parents very happy!

    :confused3 TRs can be very labor intensive, can't they? I try never to get too far behind because I'll never catch up.

    The heat makes those paths unbearable, but the temp was so perfect I had to go back there. It was really a great trail. I hope you get a chance to see it!

    I love :love: that tiger! I love all the big cats. They are so cool!

    Look in the dump shop by EE. I bet they still have them.

    I guess that is one good reason to drive - room for plenty of souvies!:cool1:

    Seriously. That sounds amazing! :goodvibes

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    That is exactly what I have been doing and its great. Definitely a time save and I have no idea why it took me so long to figure it out! DOH! :rotfl:


    :rotfl2: I'm glad I'm not the only one who does that! :rotfl2:
     
  17. MEK

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    Exactly! I like to know right where to look for the update. Like Kathy even gives the post number because she has so many readers.



    Yeah - why move to another DVC resort when I can still be at the BWV until midnight. If I have to move I might as well just sleep near the airport and start my reentry into the real world. :sad2:


    Nick is great with his nephews and they love him. I'm not sure what it is exactly.

    Just between you and me (and the rest of the DIS board who can now flame me) I did offer to let him bring his GF for the treehouse nights and said they could fly home together. Here's the thing - that would put the occupancy at 10. :rolleyes1 IF all of my brother's family showed up.

    I am very much by the rules, but since my youngest nephew is only 5 I was going to leave him off the reservation. I know this is technically not the right thing to do, but he would probably just sleep in his parents room in their bed anyway. But for whatever reason Nick does not want to ask his GF to go. Not sure why, so I'm leaving it alone.

    So I have a treehouse that as of right now can have an occupancy anywhere between 3 and 9 plus, shall we say. If they decide not to go I will definitely have Nick ask a friend, but times a wasting now.

    No - they don't get the treehouse thing at all.



    If there ever is a next time!

    I think that would work out so great! Of course, it won't when I go to call, but you never know. Fingers crossed.

    I agree!


    That's how it was with Brian - easier, but more stressful because he was so all over the place.

    Nick has to go to summer camp with his school because he's captain and I would like him to pick one other camp that is at a potential school. He has two college showcases coming up and we are shooting video now. I actually have to get a new computer to make his video. Well, I don't have to but the timing is good and I want it to be as easy as possible.



    I was so excited to see Melissa. That was such a bonus! I can't believe how close we were to her house. It was a fun weekend, although there were parts of it that got really rowdy. :rolleyes1

    I have to admit that the first time I did that ride and the cover went down I got a little panicky. But as soon as the video came up (like in seconds) I was fine. I just didn't expect it to be so enclosed.

    It really is. So interesting how the how computer age started. What a gift to have so much insight.


    Well, I can honestly say I have never heard that before. :rotfl: I'm not sure I know what a heavy horse smells like. To me the monorail often just smells like stale sweat.

    It is a wonderful ride and the pictures do help me relive it.

    My Epcot first is really not all that exciting, but it IS a first! :laughing:

    Welcome back stranger! :cool1:

    You're the second person who said that and I totally don't remember seeing the TOL. Is it possible it wasn't lit up???? because EE wasn't lit up like I remember either. :confused3

    I did really enjoy it. It was a ton of fun so I hope I didn't come off sounding too disappointed.

    I was so excited that I got to meet Melissa last minute like that. I really didn't say anything about the trip because I was so sure I would have to cancel because of my mom or dad. so once I got up there I figured out that Melissa literally lived in the middle of wine country!

    I can't either. We rode three rides and our FP was due. What is wrong with people? Not that I should complain - works to my advantage!

    When you first get in you think you are going to be claustrophobic but then air blows on you the whole time. As soon as the air blows and the video starts it does not feel small at all.

    There is something nostalgic about that smell.

    Did they put up porta-potties along the route? :rotfl: that's NUTS!
     
  18. Nermel9

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    Great update! You know I love this one, it's all Epcot! :cool1:

    Yay for Spaceship Earth! I love that ride sooo much! Especially the part at the top where you can see the Earth! :lovestruc

    Soarin!!! Ugh, it always annoys me that people don't stand on those arrows, I don't know why...they are kind of close together, though! 120 minute wait time??? That's crazy!! :scared1:

    I never thought of taking pictures on Soarin with my phone! Great idea! What if I drop it though! :eek:
     
  19. KatMark

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    I really enjoyed this update, MaryEllen. As always, great pictures. But I love the way you described the pictures of you and Nick on Spaceship Earth. :)
     
  20. Poolrat

    Poolrat I am alive, sometimes I wonder too.

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    I think to NJ I always took the Verrazaro- Narrows. When I went to Pa it was Throg Neck.

    I did the tunnel a handful of times and it was scary. :scared1:
     
  21. MEK

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    I know you love your Epcot! :goodvibes We did have a fun morning in Epcot and there's more to come so stay tuned.

    It really is one of my favorite rides and my kids fell in love with it on there first time. It's one of those rides I could ride over and over.

    :rotfl: It happens every time I do Soarin. there is always someone who can't stand on the arrow! :confused3

    That was the longest Soarin queue I have ever seen, but it sure doesn't come close to Pat's 240 min wait at New Years. :scared1: Forget about it!


    I figured I was in the third row so if it fell it wouldn't go THAT far! :laughing:

    Thanks Kathy!

    I let Nick pick out the story line for spaceship earth, so you'll have to credit him. :laughing:

    We took the Verrazano on the way there. The ride there was slow (very stop and start), but I got some great views of the city and the Brooklyn bridge. They way back - not so much. It was just crazy! :sad2:
     

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