You Want to Stay Where?! A July PTR* TR LINK 8/8!

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  1. wiigirl

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  3. cheshirecatattack

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    Hmmmm it's a little bit tougher this round. I'm going to guess Akeshus, Chefs de France and Narcoosees. You guys are going to be STUFFED!
     
  4. TruLovesKiss

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    I can't wait to hear what everyone has to say about the PP+. We will be using it too and I am clueless...

    Ugh, this week IS harder for the ADR guess game. Well since you'll be in Epcot, Akershus and Chefs De France are the easy choices. But.... are you doing Akershus as breakfast or lunch/dinner? Hmmm.... that makes the 3rd choice a little tricky. I think that I will go with Narcoossee's.

    Here are my choices for the Tournament of Food:

    Signature/Celebrity Chef
    California Grill - We will be celebrating our 9th Wedding Anniversary on our trip and would LOVE to eat here that night. Being closed right now, they are not taking ADRs yet ...so we are crossing our fingers that it will reopen on time AND that we can get a reservation. We have Narcoossee's booked as a back-up. ... so we'll have to wait and see.

    The Character/Dinner Show
    Princess Storybook Dining at Akershus Royal Banquet Hall

    In the Table Service
    'Ohana

    Counter Service
    Flame Tree BBQ
     
  5. katt789

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    I choose:

    Yachtsman: it sounds yummier, and hey, yacht club!

    Akershus!: because in the perfect world every meal would be FULL of princesses!! And I’ve heard some bad things about CM, and hey, SALAMI!!

    Is this Ohana for dinner?!? In that case, yes. Actually, in all cases, Ohana, it’s been a while since I’ve been there!

    Pizzafari!! There’s nothing like Disney pizza!

    Yay for pp plus, and be prepared for me to ask all the questions about it, I’m considering it for Sept, and by considering it I mean I am going to get it, lol, it just seems like a great idea!

    YYYAAAAAAAAHHHH Maddie’s gonna do EE!! Brave one she is! I didn’t brave it til 22 lol. I won;’t throw things at you, I skip the safari with Paige and when I’m solo, we have a fantastic zoo here, so I’m not super into it, it gets kinda old, and without the “samba 1” plot line, and if you don’t have an enthusiastic driver, it lacks.

    HOW COULD YOU NOT SEE FOTLK?!?!!?!?!? Friends off….JK. But seriously…high five Brian for me for keeping it in the plans! One of these days Imma be in it and you won’t be able to skip it!

    I’m not at the bottom anymore?! Yay! Bahaha. I’mma say: Akershus (possibly for pre park breakfast?] followed by Chefs de France, and then……Narcooses!?


    And don’t worry!! I won’t go out of my way, the HK audition isn’t until 6pm, so I’ll definitely be popping into MK that morning to see the princesses before then. I can definitely get a nice video from Cindy inviting Maddie if that works for you guys?! Feel free to facebook me!!


     
  6. cheshirecatattack

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    To answer your questions about PP+, you can turn it in at any photo centre in any of the four parks or n DTD. It's marked on the park maps as a Kodak centre (at least it was when I used it in Oct). Just take the voucher in and they will give you your lanyard. In order to get the restaurant photos, just have you PP+ card ready when they bring the packages around and they will add the photo to the card as well as give you the package they printed.
     
  7. KatMark

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    I'm glad you only had a little water in your basement. I know several people who lost all of their belongings in their basement. :(

    I'm going with Yachtsman; we've never done California Grill, but just the thought of seeing sushi on someone's table turns my stomach

    Definitely the Princess breakfast; I am not a fan of Chef Mickey's anymore

    And I would go with Flame Tree Barbecue any day of the week...this is definitely a no brainer for me.

    Your AK day plans sound great to me. See, I'm the opposite. AK has grown on me over the years and it is definitely my third favorite, and sometimes it even tops Epcot (the Studios is my least favorite park and if it weren't for TOT and TSM, I'd skip it altogether).
     
  8. AvasMommy526

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    Hi Merbobear! I live in Rotterdam and one my girlfriends and her husband lost their house to Irene, they live in the junction. It was just awful, she had 12 ft of water in her home and she was 8 mths pregnant. Some of schoharie is still just so sad. Here's to hoping we can all get this flooding under control!

    Sorry for hijack! ;)
     
  9. disneylvr4vr

    disneylvr4vr Counting down the days until DISNEY!!!

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    Signature/Celebrity Chef region features:

    1. California grill

    The Character/Dinner Show round finds

    1. Chef Mickey

    In the Table Service region

    50s Prime Time Cafe

    And finally the Counter Service round is an Animal Kingdom counter service battle royale

    1. Flame Tree BBQ
     
  10. disneylvr4vr

    disneylvr4vr Counting down the days until DISNEY!!!

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    My picks are:

    Royal Banquet Hall

    Chefs De France

    Narcoossee's
     
  11. michael's mom

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    No, I'm not planning a TR. Nobody would want to read it (and frankly I'd like to forget much of it), as the trip was nothing short of a nightmare! My 84 year old grandfather was with us (not by choice, but none of my aunts/uncles stepped up to care for him so my parents could enjoy themselves) and he basically made every day extremely stressful (disappearing, falling, running people over with the scooter, ending up getting so sick my mom left early to bring him home to Boston and he's been in the hospital since).

    I did have some wonderful times with DH and our kids. It was DD's first trip and DS's first time on all of the "big kid" rides and he LOVED every one except Space Mountain. So, my memories of the trip, though clouded with the grandfather issues, will be of my daughter dancing at the Disney Junior show and picking up as many "gold dubloons" that she could find, being in awe at IASW and her splashing in the pool, and the "woohoos" & "can we do this again" as my son enjoyed his first drops of ToT and Splash Mountain, and the giggles around the bends of BTMRR.

    Thank you for doing this PTR and in advance for your TR. I LOVE reading about Disney vacations. I always get new ideas, and living vicariously through others helps me get that Disney fix until my next trip.
     
  12. michael's mom

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    Okay...here are my votes for this round.

    1. California Grill

    1. Chef Mickey (while not always satisfied with the food...you can't beat the characters)

    1. 'Ohana

    1. Flame Tree BBQ

    Now, for the "Guess my ADR" game, I'm going with Akershus, Chefs de France, and Ohana.
     
  13. ronnmel

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    For Photopass, yes you will get a voucher, which you can then exchange at any photopass kiosk for the PP+ card. It's the place where you can go look at your Photopass pictures and get them printed. I think they are often close to the entrance of the park, whichever park. I believe we got ours at AK. The actual card is red and already on a lanyard. You can see it in some of my pictures, that's what Peanut was munching on most of the time when I was holding her. :rotfl:

    The ADR game is harder this week. I hope I don't lose my first place position!
    Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
    Chefs De France
    Narcoossee's


    Signature/Celebrity Chef
    California Grill (this one is a no-brainer)


    Character/Dinner Show
    Chef Mickey (this one was harder. In fact, I had started to write my explanation about why I chose Akershus, only to go back and change my vote. The food appeals to me more at Chef Mickey, I like the monorail going through, and right now Mickey and the gang are Claudia's favorites)


    Table Service
    50s Prime Time Cafe (this one was hard too, but I prefer Kona to Ohana for the Polynesian experience, and I think Prime Time looks like so much fun)


    Counter Service
    Pizzafari (I know that Ron loves Flame Tree, but personally I've been disappointed with the food both times I've tried it. I'm sure it's good, I'm just too picky. For that, and for the beautiful murals, I picked Pizzafari)
     
  14. Stringbean&Wingnut

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    For the tournament of dining:

    Cali Grill, Akershus, Ohana, Flame Tree

    Your AK plans sound great! :goodvibes My guesses for your Epcot day:

    Akershus, Chefs, Ohana
     
  15. KristinAnne

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    Oops...I must have missed the clues for the ADR game last time. :confused3
    Anyway, I'm back now!
    I think you'll be hitting up Akershus for breakfast, Chefs for lunch, and Narcoosees for dinner.

    And for the bracket, I'm going with:
    Signature: California Grill
    Character: Chef Mickey's. I know there are a lot of complaints about the food going downhill, but to me it just IS Disney.
    Table Service: Ohana. It's just a lot of fun
    Counter Service: Pizzafari. I'm probably in the minority here, but I like it!
     
  16. AvasMommy526

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    Loving your plans!! :thumbsup2

    My ADR guesses are
    Akershus, Chefs de France and Narcoossees!

    ToT:
    Cali Grill, they both are great but I'm going CG, the view, the food can't beat it! I'm so bummed it will be closed for refurb while we are there!

    Chef Mickeys, again both great in my opinion, buttheres just something about the original characters that make me love it.

    O'hana, yup love it!

    Flame Tree BBQ, again I like both but the food at FTB is better! :goodvibes
     
  17. RGirl

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    Your Animal Kingdom plans sound great. :thumbsup2

    Glad you asked those PP+ questions, and glad some of these nice folks answered! I'm wondering though - if we are entering the park pre-opening for an early ADR or BBB on our first day, do I need to pick up the card/lanyard on the way in (will they be open?)? If I don't and we get PP pictures on our way to the castle (which we WILL), do I somehow have to switch those to the PP+ account at some point? Wow - I have no idea about this stuff! I need to just order the dang thing and wait for them to send me the info, I guess. :rotfl:
     
  18. ronnmel

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    You can take all the photopass pictures you want, with as many different photopass cards as you want. You just have to enter all the photopass cards numbers into your account at the end. You really only need the real PP+ card for ride photos, and when the photo is included with the meal. I'm not sure about BBB though, you might need it. I know for ride photos you have up to 24 (or is that 48) hours to go back and get it, as long as you know the number. I don't know if BBB would work the same.
     
  19. SoNotAPrincess

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    OK, let's do this thing! :rotfl:

    The food....

    California Grill
    Chef Mickey
    'Ohana
    Flame Tree BBQ

    ADRs
    Akershus Royal Banquet Hall
    Chefs De France
    Narcoossee's

    That's a LOT of food right there!

    Your AK plans sound really good! Hooray for Maddie riding EE...a daredevil in the making!

    If you think she might be creeped out by the "crawling" bugs in her seat or the stinging sensation during ITTBAB, have her sit on someone's lap.

    Take your PP+ voucher to the photo center in any of the parks. They will give you the PP+ card and a lanyard. For the question about PP+ and early park entry...you can get a regular PP card from the photographer and have the pictures transferred over to the PP+ card when you pick it up. That's what we did.

     
  20. RGirl

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    Thank you!!!! BBB photos have been on my "normal" PP card in the past, so I'm guessing that will work just fine. Awesome - thanks!

    Oh, with the ride photos, what do you have to do to ensure that they actually end up on your PP+ card? I have never purchased the ride photos (but am excited to have them included on PP+), so I am kind of (okay, VERY) clueless! ;)
     
  21. ronnmel

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    You're welcome. :) After the ride you have to take note of your ride photo number. Then you go to the photopass counter for the ride, show your PP+ card, and they'll put it on for you. If you don't have the card with you, I think you have 24 hours to come back, but you need to come back to the specific ride and know your photo #.
     

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