Your ULTIMATE SURVIVAL GUIDE to Disney World at Christmas Time! UPDATE x2 10/21

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  1. beachmama3

    beachmama3 Mouseketeer

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    Hi! I have just caught up with your TR and it's awesome! I've never been to WDW at Christmas, you are making me want to plan a trip! I'm a teacher so it's hard to get down there in December and I haven't been brave enough to go Christmas week.

    I was totally cracking up when you brought up the 2005 planning DVD with Luke, Erin, and Dave! I make my kids watch it ALL the time- they can quote it! haha!!
     
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  3. Disneyfreak508

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    I have an iPhone! You can download Mobile Magic as an app on iTunes!

    Hooray! I'm so glad! I hope you can make your trip down there someday!

    Oh my God I'm so glad you know what I'm talking about!! So can I! I used to watch it EVERY SINGLE NIGHT before my Disney trip when I was in 8th or 9th grade. It's just the best! :lovestruc
     
  4. __disneygirl

    __disneygirl well, all that's left now is the happy ending.

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    YES. I can confirm both of these things. Sigh. Ah well, you live and learn I guess.

    WOW your IllumiNations pictures are amazing. I've never stood in that spot before but I want to next time! Usually I'm too hypnotized by the gorgeous French men to move but I will have to force myself on our next trip.

    The Maelstrom wait was only 45 minutes?! Usually I never see the wait below 120 minutes and that is only because I go during low crowd times.

    If you're looking for Disney pajama shorts, I just bought some like 3 days ago. http://www.disneystore.com/sleepwea...-shorts-for-women/mp/1309364/1000224+1000765/ I wanted the matching top but they only had XXL in the store, thank God for Disneystore.com haha

    OMG THE GANGSTA LUMBERJACK. :rotfl:

    Aww, sad you were disappointed by the Croque Monsieur. I always want to try that but I must have the mac & cheese every time! It is just too amazing.

    YAY I'm glad I inspired you to try the chocolate ice cream! I too am a vanilla person, but that chocolate is just SO delicious and light and fluffy!

    So, you work at an ice cream shop? Do you just eat it all day? I would be so fat if I worked at an ice cream shop. Seriously. LOL.
     
  5. vyrg

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    Thank you for your TR. It's wonderful :)
     
  6. Enchanted88

    Enchanted88 A dream is a wish your heart makes

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    All caught up!! Great updates! I can't wait to spend the Holidays in Disney now!! I was excited before I started reading your Christmas TR coverage, but now I'm even more excited!!

    CP looks soooo beautiful! I think we are going to try to do it when we go in November! Neal Patrick Harris is Narrarating, so it should be cool!

    The story tellers look really fun to watch!

    I haven't watched Voices of Liberty yet, but it's on my must do list for November!

    Your lunches looked good! I'm sorry your sandwich didn't live up to your expectations! I hate when that happens! At least it wasn't horrible or anything like that though! You live and you learn!

    That ice cream looks pretty delish! I might have to try it out next time! Ice cream crepes might hinder me from trying the cone, though! I'm not sure I could resist the crepes! hahaha

    Can't wait to read more!
     
  7. Disneyfreak508

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    Yes I do! And lol I pretty much eat ice cream like EVERY day! :rotfl: I try not to eat it when I work, (but sometimes I do) and then whenever I don't work I usually end up there for dessert after dinner, some way or another. Thank goodness it's a seasonal job! :lmao:

    You're welcome! Thank you for reading it! :goodvibes

    Thank you!
     
  8. emma212010

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    Candlelight looks amazing! I really want to see it one of these days!

    I'm glad you stayed for Illuminations! Your pictures are amazing! I just love that song! "We Go On" gets me every time! :rolleyes:

    Yumm, Chefs! Too bad you had a girl! :lmao: Our server was looking mightly fine on our last visit! ;) :lmao:

    I'd love to hear all of those stories! It's so interesting to learn about other cultures. That's such a nice touch Disney does! :goodvibes
     
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    I was thinking about how you mentioned that the crowds were so bad that it ended up being humerous. I really like and appreciate that way of thinking. Not everyone can take a situation like that and make it in to something funny that will give you a good memory. Some people will always focus on the bad in any situation. I love people who can look at the good in things and spread a bit of happiness while doing it! Good for you!
     
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    I just love the Epcot holiday storytellers! Such a great addition to wdw at Christmastime <3

    It stinks that you were a little disappointed in your chefs de france meal. I have dreams about their french onion soup :)
     
  11. Disneyfreak508

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    Pre-Trip Report #2: Summer Recap and Disneyland Plans!
    July 24th, 2012

    Alright everyone, I realized that it has been FAR too long since I have done a Real Life update or Disneyland pre-trip report update... so that is going to happen right now!

    First off - the real life update. I thought I'd give you the run down on my summer since I've only been posting Christmas updates like a maniac!

    Basically, I haven't had an eventful summer (yet) because this has basically been the summer where Jess gets stuff done! I took THREE online classes all throughout the month of June: Biology, Spanish, and Ethics! I am happy to report that I got A's in all three of them! I got a lot of college credits out of the way and I'm SO happy!

    Secondly, since the day after I got home from Disney in May, I have been working one job at an Ice Cream place! That is tons of fun - all of the girls I work with are so nice, my boss is crazy and awesome, and I get to make ice cream the entire time I work! Nothing can get better than that, right? This is my second summer working there and I love it!

    I work my ice cream job a few nights a week, so back in June (before I started my second job) I had a little bit more time to do some fun stuff. For example, Kristen, her sister Sarah, her parents, and I all went to the drive-in to see Brave! First we went to this little place that has burgers and such, and I got some of my beloved sweet potato fries!

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    Then at the drive-in we put TONS of blankets in the back of my car, had a big ol' bowl of popcorn and some pastry hearts, and enjoyed our first time viewing of Brave!

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    FRUMPS AT THE DRIVE IN!

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    I thought Brave was absolutely adorable! It wasn't Tangled by any means, but I was very entertained throughout the whole thing! I really didn't know what to expect from the movie, but I really liked what I saw! Merida's Dad CRACKED ME UP! And I thought that Merida had such a great attitude and strong personality. I loved her whole independence aspect and I thought it was cool how Disney made it like a mother-daughter/family togetherness movie!

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    Brave was really enjoyable and I'm glad I got to see it with Kristen and Sarah! Last summer we did our whole Drive-in outing and saw Winnie the Pooh and Cars 2! We're hoping to make it an annual thing when new Disney movies come out every summer!

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    Then later that weekend, Kristen and I impulsively decided to go to the Beach Boy's concert! They were coming to town and we didn't want to pass up that opportunity. Kristen and I both grew up on Beach Boys music and if we missed this concert, who knows when they would show up again!

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    When my Dad heard that we were going, he kept hinting that he wanted to come too! So we invited him along and the three of us had a BLAST! It was so much fun! We ended up having seats in like the 11th row! It was INCREDIBLE!

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    The Beach Boys sounded great! Even though they are in their 70's now, they put on a FANTASTIC show that kept us entertained the entire time! This was their 50th Anniversary tour. Not many bands can say they have been performing for that long - the Beach Boys are AWESOME!

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    Kristen and I were hoping that John Stamos would make an appearance because sometimes he does at their concerts. However, it was not meant to be on that night. Sadness. However, they did play "Forever." Aka the ever-famous song from the Jesse and Becky wedding episode of Full House. Kristen and I were both in tears. SO AMAZING.

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    I put together a little 3 1/2 minute video of the concert if any of you are interested:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8b9gle5rKQI&feature=plcp

    I LOVE THE BEACH BOYS.

    Once we drove all the way home, Kristen and I got a little hungry. The pizza place right down my street is apparently open until 3 am on the weekends, so we made a little late night trip to get two of our favorite foods: pizza and ice cream!

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    (In a waffle cone OBVIOUSLY!)

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    We also got Beach Boys shirts. This is honestly my favorite T-Shirt that I have ever gotten from a show EVER. It has all of the Beach Boys song lyrics on it. SO CUTE!

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    Considering I'm going to California this summer, the Beach Boys were really the perfect concert to see! We had such a fun time - it was probably my favorite night of the summer!

    Back in June, I got pretty crafty and started making projects whenever I wasn't doing homework! My first project was my new pin binders!

    The materials were: a zipper binder, foam sheets, heavy duty page protectors, iron on appliques, stickers, and PINS!

    Here is the front of one of my binders (I have two):

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    And here are some examples of pin pages.

    Mickey and Friends:

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    Happiest Celebration on Earth:

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    Stitch:

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    I thought that this would be a really good way to display my growing collection! I still have lots of space in the two binders to add more pins! They are great because I can easily show them off or I could put them away if need be. It keeps the pins all in one place!

    My other project was my countdown calendar for Disneyland!

    The materials used were: Disney clip art images printed onto cardstock, scotch laminating sheets, posterboard, and velcro.

    Here is the result:

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    Let me tell you, this made counting down SO much more fun! Also, it will be reusable after this trip so I can always start counting 60 days out!

    As July rolled around, I started my second job as a town recreation counselor! So I get to hang out with kids all day every day. It has been a lot of fun - there are some real cutie pies that I absolutely love! I think we bond well because we can always have a good topic to talk about - Disney Princesses! We get to go on field trips every week, too. The first week we went to the movies, (and I saw Brave again - FOR FREE!) then last week we went to the zoo, and tomorrow we are going to an amusement park. It's a really fun job but it is VERY tiring! It's every single day, six hours and a half hours a day. Then add a couple days in with an ice cream shift immediately afterwords as well as getting stuff ready to go for my trips/college... and you basically have summed up my crazy life! WOO. What a summer.

    However, on some of my nights off, my Mom and I pulled out the Disney cookbooks and made some Disney food at home! The cookbooks we use are Delicious Disney and Chef Mickey's!

    Our first creation was the Cheddar Cheese Soup from Le Cellier:

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    This was AMAZING! Out of all the recipes, this one tasted the most like the original. My whole family was LOVING it! I also found a quick recipe for pretzel bread on cooks.com and that was the PERFECT compliment! YUM.

    Our second recipe was Berry Cobbler from Artist Point:

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    THIS WAS INCREDIBLE. It tasted a little bit like a blueberry pancake but in dessert form. I love fruity desserts (especially a la mode!) so this was right up my alley.

    Then we made Kona Bread:

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    This bread was good... but it was not the same as the Polynesian version. It had more of a corn bread texture rather than being light and fluffy. It still had wonderful flavor... but it was much too dense to be THE BREAD. Maybe the yeast needed to rise longer? I don't know.

    And lastly, we made the Liberty Tree Tavern Pot Roast!

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    This was DELICIOUS! It was such a great entree. It was a little different than the one in the restaurant, however it still tasted awesome. I would be willing to eat that dinner any day of the week!

    Now, this isn't Disney food, but I wanted to show off my Pascal Bowl and Rapunzel plate (thanks Kristen!) from Disneystore.com! THEY'RE SO PERFECT!

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    Alright! So that's basically what has been going on with me! Also, Preston and I are still doing great and I get to finally see him in 18 DAYS! I can't believe it! I want to say that the time went slow... but it honestly FLEW by! I'm so glad, too! I miss that kid!

    Then in 24 days I AM GOING TO CALIFORNIA AHHHHHHH!!!!!! :-) I literally can't even believe I can say those words and mean them. It seems absolutely UNREAL! I updated my iPhone with Disneyland music last night and I have been listening to it non-stop! I am SO READY! This is a very well deserved vacation after all of the hard work I have been doing this summer!

    After much deliberation, I FINALLY have decided on my restaurant choices for this trip! I'll give you all the basic rundown of the current plan. Things could change, but this is what I'm thinkin' right now!

    August 17th-20th:
    My only two off property restaurant priorities are In N Out Burger and the Disney Soda Fountain and Studio Store!
    Any other must do dining suggestions in the Hollywood area?

    August 21st:
    Carnation Cafe
    Ralph Brennan's

    August 22nd:
    Blue Bayou
    The Plaza

    August 23rd:
    Carnation Cafe
    Goofy's Kitchen

    August 24th:
    Hungry Bear
    Cafe Orleans

    August 25th:
    Ariel's Grotto
    Boardwalk Pizza and Pasta

    August 26th:
    Pacific Wharf
    Storyteller Cafe

    August 27th:
    Carthay Circle
    Naples

    August 28th:
    Carnation Cafe
    Napa Rose

    August 29th:
    Storyteller Cafe

    What do you guys think!? I think it's a pretty solid plan! I also have a big ol' list of snacks that I want to try... we will see how many of them I actually get to eat!

    If there's anything you think that I missed, PLEASE let me know! I am open to suggestions just so I can make sure I'm not missing out!

    So that's basically all of the news I have for today! I hope you enjoyed this rambling update. Stay tuned for the next installment of the Christmas Trip Report! Have a magical day, everyone!

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  12. Disneyfreak616

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    This is so cute! We're so precious. <3

    I LOVE YOUR PLANS. EPIC NOMS.

    And I should have been over for this Disney cooking spree, I think.

    WHERE THE HECK WAS I!? :(
     
  13. Disneyfreak508

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    It was! You should!
    Thank you! I'm glad you like them! Yes, that song is incredible. I want to play it at my wedding. :lovestruc
    Haha I know! LUCKY!
    I hope that you're enjoying my summaries of them - they give you all a little preview!

    Aww thank you so much for that compliment. That really means a lot to me! That was the best trip of my entire life and even though it was crowded, I was not phased AT ALL. For some reason, I just find the crowds funny. I think because I always know I'm going to go back, and there's no reason to fret about it. I just live in the moment and take whatever is happening and make the best of it!

    They're so beautiful!
    I know... oh well. It wasn't awful, it just wasn't the best. I LOVE their lobster bisque and mac and cheese. That's my favorite. :love:

    Thank you! I FINALLY got around to posting it all... almost a month later.
    Thank you! I think I narrowed it down to the best of the best! I stalked that food pictures thread like it was my job!
    And yeah you should have been! I don't know where you were :( I can't even remember what was going on when we made those meals because it was a while ago now. :confused3
     
  14. prettyprincessbelle

    prettyprincessbelle <font color=green>I'm just excited for the BBQ! Yu

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    I've been a lurker on your TRs for awhile now and wanted to pop in to tell you to come make a PTR/TR on the Disneyland side of the board! (We're nice, promise).

    Your dining for DLR looks amazing -- you're going to be eating at pretty much every table service! Hungry Bear is my favorite counter service at DL, the scenery is amazing.

    Oh and when you go to In-n-Out and if you like secret sauce and onions, get your burgers and fries animal style (if you didn't know that already!).

    Can't wait for more!
     
  15. hollisterluva92

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    -I LOVE when you do real-life updates!
    -Wow! Busy girl!
    -That's really good! How many credits do you have? Right now I'm technically in my third year, but I'm still a sophomore because when I transferred from community college to a university, most of my credits didn't transfer :( So, I'm at 36 credit hours right now...
    -Sounds like you have an awesome job! I just got a job too! I started working June 25th, and I love it! I work at Kiddie Kandids (a kids photography studio) inside Babies R Us and it's so much fun!
    -I love sweet potato fries (and sweet potatoes in general)!!!!
    -I still haven't seen Brave....but I'm thinking I'm going to go next week by myself and see it!
    -I've always wanted to see the Beach Boys! I am really hoping that they do a tour with Jimmy Buffet and Kenny Chesney! That's one of my dream concerts :)
    -Oh goodness! I would've been crying too! I love that song :)
    -So I just watched your video and commented on the black friday one, but I have to tell you that your probably my favorite youtube channel :) You should subscribe to me!
    -I LOVE the Beach Boys shirt! Adorable!
    -I am so jealous of your pin binders! I seriously need to start doing some hard core collecting!
    -The countdown calendar idea is Adorbs! I might borrow the idea :)
    -I have been trying to find some of the Disney cookbooks on ebay! I really wanna make that soup now!
    -I love your list of restaurants! Sounds like your going to have an AMAZING time!
     
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    I feel like we move out SO early! I wish we could have another month....

    Sounds like it :) I had a Little Mermaid cake for my 5th birthday too!

    I'll have to buy one of those dotting tools! I'm just tired of one colored nails!

    This.Is.True :laughing: I seriously don't know what I would do without them!

    Very true! I have the red lidded one from my 2010 trip!

    It's #1 on my list of restaurants to try!

    It really will :)

    I feel like we would seriously be best friends if we lived closer! Between our love of Disney, shopping, and Disney shopping....we'd make a dangerous pair!

    I'm stalking the website right now....

    That's exactly what I was thinking! I have a Olympus dslr...and it takes just as good if not better pictures that photopass!

     
  17. emma212010

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    OMG 24 Days?!?!?! It really has flown by!!! :banana: Your summer sounds wonderful! LOL, I'm stuck in an office for 40 hours a week! :surfweb: The only thing getting me through is listening to Disney podcasts and music from the parks. I really should try to make some of the recipes from Disney. Those looked delicious! :thumbsup2

    Since I have never been to Disneyland (despite my wishes to go) I cannot say anything about your dining plans but that they sound good! :rotfl: I seriously am so excited to hear all about Disneyland. :banana:
     
  18. beachmama3

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    I am sooooo jealous of your Disneyland trip (although I will be in WDW at the same time- YAY!) There is a Disneyland Explorer app on the iPad that is so awesome and it makes me want to go. Also just read a few books set in DL (Hidden Mickey series). Sounds amazing and I can't wait to hear about!!
     
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    Aww thank you so much for the invite! I would love to start one... but I don't know if I'm going to have enough time to before I go! If I somehow do, though, I will be over there ASAP! If not, I'll start the TR right when I get home and hopefully I'll get some followers from the west coast :laughing:

    Thank you! Yeah, that's what I was hoping for! We are big table service fans when we go on WDW trips, and the DLR TS food looks incredible! I really don't want to miss out! And ahhh I know Hungry Bear is going to end up being one of my favorites too! SWEET POTATO FRIES!!!!

    I have not heard about that! What does it mean exactly...? Sounds a little scary :rotfl:

    Thank you! Thanks for being here!

    Thanks!
    I can't wait!

    YES! Isn't that crazy!? I'm so excited!
    Summer has been pretty good. I have been kind of crabby because I have been working so much. :laughing: But I'm sure you understand working 40 hours a week! Disney music sure solves everything!
    Thanks!
    I'm glad you think so! LOL I am excited to write a DLR trip report! It'll be a new experience!

    Aww thanks! YAY FOR WDW! Kristen is going to be in WDW when I'm in DLR too! Keep an eye out for her! I really wanted to get a DLR book... I should do that before my trip! So much to do! :faint:
    I hope you have a magical trip!
     
  20. prettyprincessbelle

    prettyprincessbelle <font color=green>I'm just excited for the BBQ! Yu

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    It's on their secret menu and if you ask for your burger animal style it comes (from wikipedia): "Animal Style burgers include pickles, extra spread, grilled onions, and mustard fried onto each meat patty."

    If you get it on your fries (my favorite), it has spread, cheese, and grilled onions. Super super yum! If you google it, there's pictures.

    Also they have Neapolitan shakes (chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry swirl) that's not on their menu. Sooo goood. The In-N-Out menu is super small, so it's nice they have secret things like that.

    So excited for you at Disneyland! :hyper:
     
  21. therussells08

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    Okay I’m finally back from all my trips so I’m ready to catch up on your TR! I have missed a ton of updates, so prepare for a super long comment! I apologize in advance!

    Ahh wow that Yuletide Fantasy Tour just keeps getting better and better! The Holiday Services building sounds amazing, and all of the facts you shared are fascinating! Seriously, thank you! I felt like I was reading one of those really cool Disney fact books!

    Awww oh my gosh those Christmas stories got me. I can totally see why you would tear up at that!

    I LOVE THAT PIN! That’s so cool that you got such a special keepsake! :thumbsup2

    Oh the mysterious Tomorrowland Terrace Cafe! I’m so glad you got to eat there! That’s a good Disney Bucket List item!

    Haha you’re not kidding about those Christmas crowds. You have to laugh. It’s just so ridiculous!

    Where is your friend Ryan from? John and I talked to a super nice CM when we were in line for the Jungle Cruise on our trip, and I want to say his name was Ryan. He was from Erie, PA. I remember because I have family there, and we talked about how people call it “Dreary Erie: The Mistake by the Lake”. Haha anyway, I thought it might be him!

    I love the Wishes dessert party so much! We’ve only done it once, but I desperately want to do it again! It’s so nice, especially during the holidays when you don’t have to worry about fighting those crazy crowds for a viewing spot!

    Your fishing excursion sounds fun! You guys caught a lot of big ones! I’m with your mom, though- I can’t actually stand to touch the fish haha! :rotfl:

    We have a place here like Teppan Edo too. It’s called Arigatos, and I LOVE IT! I can’t compare it to Teppan Edo, though, because I’ve never been there! We were eating at Tokyo Dining last summer, though, and they gave us the chocolate ginger cake as an anniversary dessert. It was so good!

    I still can’t believe I’ve never seen the Candlelight Processional all the way through! It really looks like a beautiful show!

    I GOT THE PLUTO PILLOW PET! I have slept with him every night since I got home! He’s so soft!! :lovestruc

    You’re not kidding about the Voices of Liberty. Their voices are out of this world.

    Okay, now I’m all caught up and I just read your life update! It sounds like you’ve had a very productive summer! I love your homemade pin binders! Those are really cute! Also, all that food you made looks amazing! I have made the cheddar cheese soup at home a couple times and it came out great, and I made the macadamia nut pancakes from Kona! I love cooking Disney food!

    I’m so glad you get to see Preston soon! That’s great! I know how exciting that is! And your trip to DL is so close! YAY! Jess, I’m so happy your wait for all this awesome stuff is almost over!! I hope you have a blast! You’ve earned it! :hug:
     

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