“I do not deal with my problems like I know I should” - F&W Fest 2018 - Update 1/18 Savor Savannah

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  1. Dis_Yoda

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    I Can’t Tell Time

    Our afternoon was spend relaxing along with a little bit of packing up as I planned what my outfits would be for Saturday and the drive home. I had it in my head that Candy Sushi was at 5:00PM so we left the room around 4:15PM to head towards The Land. We were early so we looked around Sunshine Seasons and loved all the decorated desserts but just got a Diet Coke while we relaxed and waited.

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    At 5:00PM, we realized that I’m an idiot. It really was at 5:30PM so I got a look from my husband that was not a good one but we stuck it out and waited. Thank goodness for smartphones to pass the time as my husband didn't’ feel like going on a spin of Living with the Land. Around 5:15, they let us in to get sat. There were some other adults but the group was about 50/50 adults/kids. They didn’t have the supplies anymore for the trix roll but they had the ones for the skittles and swedish fish.

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    We started off by making the Taste the Rainbow Roll.

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    We then made the Candy ForYa Roll.

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    My husband ate the swedish fish from his rolls and we packaged up what we didn’t enjoy during the event so we could snack on it later. It totally was my breakfast the next day as rice krispies are cereal!

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    Waiting To Be Packaged

    The event took about 30 minutes. Yes, it was a little silly to being doing an event developed for children as an adult but we had a lot of fun doing it! If they offer it again, we’ll pass and let others enjoy.

    We headed out of the park and walked over to the Yacht Club for dinner. We had decided the day before that we’ve had enough Italian this trip and needed to not eat anymore. While looking at the available options on My Disney Experience, we decided to give Ale & Compass a shot since it was near our hotel and in walking distance.

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    We were quickly seated and presented the menus to review. Neither of us were extremely hungry but we figured we could have a nice meal of appetizers here. Our server was really strange. He admitted to us he was on his way to an EDM concert when he got called in but told us we should go to the concert as it was a lot of fun. The guy was in his 50s and that recommendation just felt really weird coming from him.

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    Menu

    As I hadn’t had enough to drink this trip, I went with a classic Manhattan while my husband had a Coke Zero.

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    Manhattan

    For one of my two appetizers, it shouldn’t shock anyone here that I got Shrimp. I mean, it is the theme of this trip! This was excellent! The butter garlic sauce was flavorful and the focaccia was perfect for soaking it all up!

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    Roasted Garlic Shrimp - House Made Focaccia

    My other option was the bacon flatbread. This ended up being entirely too much between the two options but I really enjoyed this flatbread. How can you go wrong with huge chunks of bacon with onions and cheese? Yum!

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    Applewood-Smoked Bacon Flatbread - Caramelized Onions with Gruyere Cheese & Arugula

    My husband was very happy with the lobster & corn chowder. There was a ton of lobster in there considering it was just an appetizer portion of soup. He had no problem finishing out the bowl!

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    He also enjoyed his truffle fries as they were crispy and well made.

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    We walked back to the hotel for the evening, sad that we knew tomorrow was our last full day!​
     
  2. 2xcited2sleep

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    It’s interesting that Mexico keeps menu same while Italy and France change it up. I’m really interested to see what happens with special events for the next festival. Candy sushi looks so cute. I know there was a lot of controversy here on the DIS about adults participating. I had no issue with it but thought it was a prime example of Disney being its own worst enemy with vague communication and seriously underestimating demand. Think they annoyed more guests than they delighted. I’m SO glad you enjoyed Ale & Compass. I think it’s a hidden gem (perhaps influenced by my typically staying at an Epcot resort). I would put their burger up against any as one of the best in WDW. I really like their breakfast too. Hate when vacation is winding down!
     
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  4. Araminta18

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    That candy sushi looks so cute! Sounds like fun :)
     
  5. disneyAndi14

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    The sushi class looks fun, I love Swedish fish

    I haven’t seen much for reviews on Ale and Compass, the appetizers look really yummy!
     
  6. kastoney

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    How fun is that sushi!!!! Casey would so love to do that. We are supposed to get rain this weekend so if I'm feeling enterprising this would be something fun to try and make.

    Glad to hear you enjoyed Ale and Compass. I would be all over your shrimp and the flatbread. I wanted to check it out on our last trip, but Jason turned it down every time. Not sure why, but I'll have to use your positive recco to see if we can get him there again. Since it has last minute openings it is certainly a place that we at least need to try.
     
  7. Dis_Yoda

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    It should be interesting to see how or what special events still exist next year. We're only going up for Wine & Dine so it won't affect us much in 2019 but we want it all back in 2020!

    As far as the controversy, oh well...it wasn't restricted so that means all can have fun. They easily could have had like 15 to 20 more people in the area where Candy Sushi was to help with the demand or offer even more times.

    It is a nice hidden gem! We had breakfast there yesterday as well and enjoyed that. Good to know the burger is great!


    It was a lot of fun! Totally silly but worth it.

    I think Ale & Compass suffers for being at the same hotel as Yachtsman and being a 1 TS in a hotel that doesn't get much talk around these boards since its the 'convention' hotel. We really enjoyed it! Hopefully it keeps being great now that the opening jitters are all out.

    Are you furloughed? Casey would have totally loved the Candy Sushi! I hope I helped you convince Jason to try it at least once.
     
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  8. Dis_Yoda

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    Hooray For Hollywood

    Another day, another early wake up. I know he knows how to be quiet but it wasn’t happening this trip. I enjoyed my breakfast sushi while I got ready for the day.

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    We got to Hollywood Studios around 8:40AM and they started letting us into the park at 8:50AM. While we were heading with the crazy rush towards Toy Story Land, at least we weren’t heading to Slinky Dog. Along the way, I got creeped out by their Christmas Decorations.

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    Our first order of business was Toy Story Mania which was walk on since the crowds headed other places. We had a good run at Toy Story where we got two of the hidden mini-games to come out. I beat my husband as well which is always fun along with getting best in vehicle! One of these days I will get Best This Hour or Best This Month!

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    They had Buzz out in his Christmas Best but the line was long so I took a stalker photo. As we were leaving Toy Story Land we were really happy as the line to get onto Slinky Dog was all the way to One Man’s Dream. That is insanity.

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    We headed over to Star Wars where we got the Millenium Falcon, Yoda and Naboo. I swear we always seem to get Naboo!

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    We headed over to Rock’n’Roller Coaster slowly as we had some time to kill before our FP+ window open so I got some more looks at their Christmas Decorations and we looked around the stores in Sunset Blvd.

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    We headed into Rock’n’Roller Coaster for our next FP+ and didn’t have long before we were being whipped around.

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    After our ride, I was in need of refreshment and I really wanted one of those Christmas Alien Popcorn buckets! The first popcorn stand we headed to was way too crowded so we went to the one by Frozen Sing-a-long and the line wasn’t too bad. We sat down at the tables by ABC Commissary to enjoy the popcorn enough that closing it would be an option. I ended up using the Alien at work during Christmas Season as my candy dish.

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    We still had some time to kill before our Slinky Dog FP+, we figured visiting Muppets would be a nice way to pass the time.

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    We headed over to One Man’s Dream to look around for a bit as we killed some more time.

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  9. Dis_Yoda

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    January Living With The Land Update

    As of January 11th, 2019, Living with the Land is still researching...

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    And that is all the update you will see from our January Trip as I'm not doing a dining/trip report for it. ​
     
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  10. SweetSerenity

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    Those decorations at HS were not up when we last went, which would have been that Sunday before. I for sure did not see creepy children. Glad TSM was a walk on. I'm not sure I've ever seen that!
     
  11. 2xcited2sleep

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    What is up with the early mornings. I think I would have thrown something at him by that point!! I agree that some of the holiday decor at DHS is creepy! I didn’t care for it at all... but they do get “points” for doing something...I just didn’t care for it. Slinky Dog is madness. And I fear Star Wars is going to be 100x that. I really need to learn the secrets on TSM - such a fun ride but boy does my arm get tired! Love the popcorn bucket - great idea to use as a candy dish! LOL on research at The Land...I’ve made it a point to look every time I go since you mentioned it. Sorry to hear no report... hope you guys had fun and your husband was able to enjoy the races.
     
  12. kastoney

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    No, thankfully I'm not. How about you?

    I'm going to have to figure out how to do these things so I can finally beat Jason!

    Both of these make me so happy!!! Christmas in MGM is just the best. I mean what to Christmas poodles have to do with anything, but there they are. MGM is most definitely my least favorite park, but at Christmas time it becomes my favorite.

    And this!!!!! I loved the pluto one we got last year but this is even better!

    This somehow says nothing but everything all at once :-) Hope the trip was good and the hubby survived the marathon.
     
  13. Araminta18

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    Glad I'm not the only one who thinks those decorations are creepy!

    Why are there so many flights going to Naboo?!?!?! Doesn't make any sense--the wookie planet is much cooler :)
     
  14. disneyAndi14

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    I love the Alien popcorn bucket, so cute!

    Have a fun time at the parks this weekend!
     
  15. Dis_Yoda

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    It was cool seeing how everything was turning into the holidays during the trip. We're here for Marathon Weekend and everything is slowly becoming de-Christmas while we are here. It probably didn't stay a walk-on for long! Today the wait told me it was going to be 30 minutes - we ended up waiting 45 but that was ok as we needed to kill some time before our AS2 FP+.

    I debated on throwing something at him. They do get points for doing something, especially something that is a bit different. I fear for Star Wars as well although hopefully then Toy Story Land will be a bit better.

    For TSM - you have to have a partner working with you to get some of the games. For the dinosaur one, you have to make the Volcano Erupt by popping all the long skinny balloons under the top of the volcano three times - then meteors come up and you have to keep popping them until they crash on the ground and then another surprise happens. Both sides of the meteors have to hit the ground though. Not sure how I got the mini game for the plates to show up as we lucked into that one!

    Yeah, its nice to have a trip where I don't have to worry about photos or being attached to my phone as much! I knew it wasn't going to be a food heavy trip because my husband has been eating mostly clean and barely drinking - although I've been drinking to make up for it.

    That's great to hear! I'm local government so I'm not affected plus my department is funded by review fees.

    YOu should! It makes me laugh how we usually do well and the people in the vehicle with us don't get it. When leaving the ride today, they were talking about how that had to be the addition of each pair as there is no was for someone to get 212K and we just laughed at each other for that.

    They do Christmas well there! It hurts me that MGM is your least favorite but I think once all the construction is done and new rides open up, I hope it moves up in the list.

    It is! It makes me happy.

    Isn't it sad?

    The trip is going well! My husband PR'd his half marathon time which is awesome. He's going to wake up at 3AM tomorrow to do it all over again. Hopefully a PR again but he also wants to just have fun.

    Oh, they get worse but that will be Monday's or Wednesday's update!

    At least today we didn't get that! We got Stormtroopers, My husband as the Rebel Spy for the first time ever, Wookie Planet, Admiral Ackbar and then Boba Fett/Death Star so it was great.

    That bucket is awesome! It makes me happy.

    We are having a great time! Taking is slow and easy since its mainly about his runs.
     
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    The Rebel Spy!! that's great :D
     
  17. 2xcited2sleep

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    Early mornings, clean eating, and no drinking? Who did you marry?!?!!! :rotfl: Just kidding, of course. :goodvibes Congratulations to him on his half PR. Hope today went well too!
     
  18. Dis_Yoda

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    It was! We never got it before so we're happy we finally did!

    I know right? He made up fro the clean eating afterwards at Raglan Road where he ate all the meat. We had Sprinkles Cupcakes for dinner once we got home!

    He PR'd his marathon as well so overall a good weekend for him! He's only really sore on his butt because he chaffed where his running shorts hit. Now he knows to put Body Glide there next year!
     
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    Enjoying The New Stuff

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    We fought the crowds to get to the FP+ entrance of Slinky Dog Dash as standby was now at 95 minutes.

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    They had the Green Army Men out playing the drums!

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    We enjoyed the ride in the tail section. It was quite fun although our photopass photo never showed up. I know that seems to be rather iffy. Afterwards, we decided to see their Christmas decorations

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    It was then off to The Launch Bay to see the Solo Movie displays since we missed that during our dessert party earlier in the trip.

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    As we killed enough time, it was time for lunch! ​
     
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    Congrats to your husband! That’s amazing!! Photopass never seems to get my Slinky Dog rides either. Either I didn’t know there was Solo stuff or I saw it before the movie. I liked the movie so may need to go back, if it’s still there. These days I need a reason to visit DHS... but know it won’t be that way for long!!
     
  21. Araminta18

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    Oooh I like the TSL Christmas decorations much better than the others. And that Birthday Stormtrooper is hilarious :D
     

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