A Vacation From My Problems (A Sept. 2010 Trip Report) - COMPLETED 12/14

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  1. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

    Nov 10, 2008
    A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...

    Not a whole heck of a lot happened. But fairly recently here on earth, my family and I went on an 8-day, 7-night Walt Disney World Adventure. If you're so inclined, join with me now as I recount every part of the trip in excruciating detail so I can both re-live the vacation (which went way too fast) and keep from acknowledging the fact that I actually had to return home and go back to work.

    The Cast of Characters:


    Me: Mark, age 35. As my shirt says, I'm from Delaware and have lived here my entire life. I'm a highway engineer, Philadelphia sports nut, and member of the ever-growing DIS Dads Club here on the boards (a group set up for Dads who aren't afraid to say they love Disney World). I absolutely love to travel, watch movies, and play golf. Future dreams include seeing Europe and Australia, making a hole-in-one and being named to the All-Madden Team. :rolleyes:

    DW: Julie, age undisclosed. Full-time stay-at-home mom and part-time teacher. I can't praise this woman enough for all of the work she does for our family (she may beg to differ on that point). She also plays a mean bass (both electric and upright acoustic). Smells nice, too. :love:

    DD: Sarah, age 8. Of our 3 kids, she's the biggest daredevil. Loves the outdoors, exploring new places, and watching movies. Loves to laugh, too. Accusations of being Daddy's Little Girl may be accurate.

    DS: David, age 6. Of our 3 kids, he's the most cautious (usually). Hates the dark and loud noises (uh-oh). A budding Philadelphia sports nut like me who loves baseball and is starting to grow into football. Note: if you want someone to be a Philadelphia Eagles fan, you have to start early in life. No sane adult would choose to be an Eagles fan after seeing all the pain and suffering that comes along with it.

    DS: Scotty, age 4: The biggest goofball in our family. Ok, fine, of our kids. Loves animals and somewhere along the line he developed a serious attachment to Chip and Dale. See the stuffed animals in his arms? He pulled the old "harass Mommy and Daddy in every single gift shop until they finally relent and buy these for me" trick to perfection.

    We spent our week at Port Orleans Riverside, in the Alligator Bayou section, which was new to us, from Sept. 18 - 25. We got the Free Dining Plan promotion as well, so I'll include our thoughts on the places we ate during the trip. However, we are by no means gourmets and generally prefer simple comfort food, so it's pretty hard to disappoint us with food (unless you try to force me to eat my vegetables). I'll leave the judgment of presentation, wine reduction sauces, etc. to people who care more about that stuff than I do. :thumbsup2

    If you're interested, I did a previous trip report on a 4-night Disney Cruise we took last November here.

    One final note: being a movie nerd, I love to sprinkle movie and TV quotes into everyday conversation. After all, I've wasted massive amounts of brain cells on this, so I might as well use them once in a while. As a bonus game, feel free to call out movie quotes as you find them. One point will be awarded to the first person to correctly point out a quote as it appears. In the end, the person with the most points will be awarded the title of Supreme Movie Quote Spotter of the Universe.*

    Got all that? Great. It's time to start. Please stand clear of the doors. (Por favor mantenganse alejado de las puertas.)

    In our next installment: Can the kids actually wake up at 5:00 a.m. for our flight? And who spilled the beans about traveling to Disney World in September?

    *(This title has no actual meaning or status.)
  2. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

    Nov 10, 2008
    Trip Report Updates:
    Day 1: Departing for Disney (Sept. 18, 2010)
    Day 1 Continued: Downtown Disney, Ol' Man Island, and Chef Mickey's
    Day 1 concludes: Chef Mickey's

    Day 2: The Magic Kingdom
    Day 2 continues: More of the Magic Kingdom
    Day 2 concludes: Liberty Tree Tavern

    Day 3: The Animal Kingdom
    Day 3 concludes: Animal Kingdom and Kona Cafe

    Day 4: Epcot Future World
    Day 4 continues: Epcot Future World
    Day 4 concludes: Whispering Canyon Cafe


    My Experience on the Tower of Terror in 2006

    Day 5: Hollywood Studios
    Day 5 continued: Hollywood Studios
    Day 5 concluded: 50's Prime Time Cafe

    Beverly Slogan Contest Results
    Beverly Slogan Contest Winner

    Day 6: Epcot - The Best. Day. Ever.
    Day 6 continued: The Best. Day. Ever. (Epcot + Le Cellier)
    Day 6 continued: The Best. Day. Ever. (EPCOT World Showcase)
    Day 6 concluded: The Best. Day. Ever. comes to an end.

    Day 7: The Magic Kingdom (or, The Day We Can No Longer Avoid the Rides Everyone Tries Like Heck to Avoid.)
    Day 7 continues: More Magic Kingdom
    Day 7 concluded: Tony's Town Square Restaurant

    Day 8: The Trail of Tears

    Wrap-Up, Part 1: Random Lists and Rankings
    Wrap-Up, Part 2: Riding Into The Sunset

    Helpful (or not-so-helpful) Links:
    My Nov. 2009 Disney Cruise Trip Report

    The DIS Dads Club -- includes relevant Man Laws

    Internet Movie Database -- helpful for looking up movie quotes... :rolleyes1


    Glennbo123 55
    FreezinRafiki 50.5
    Trennr 33
    Afwdwfan 30.5
    That's Nice 16
    Marvali 13
    MissLiz 12
    Mom3sonstt 10
    Middlepat 6
    Goofy+3 5
    Melk 5
    Wherem I Now 3
    Flossbolna 3
    Sonnyeclipse 3
    jedijill 3
    Mrs. Knowitall 2
    Belle_princess 2
    Pennylane1084 2
    All7OfUs 2
    LegoMan3 1
    Emma's Dad 1
    3timesmom 1
    Dvczerfs 1
    sara98629 1*

    Up-to-Date Comprehensive List of Movie and TV Quotes/References in this TR

    What About Bob?
    Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
    My Cousin Vinny
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    The Fugitive
    The Hunt for Red October
    Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
    Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
    Forrest Gump
    How the Grinch Stole Christmas
    This is Spinal Tap
    Saturday Night Live
    Kingdom of Heaven
    Monsters, Inc.
    Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
    Finding Nemo
    The Simpsons
    Planes, Trains & Automobiles
    Oliver & Co.
    Coming to America
    Get Smart
    The Untouchables
    Toy Story
    Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
    Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Dumb and Dumber
    Good Morning Vietnam
    The Shawshank Redemption
    Die Hard
    Field of Dreams
    Sky High
    The Princess Bride
    Random Cheez-It commercials
    Remember the Titans
    Back to the Future
    The Lion King
    The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle
    Over The Top
    The Bucket List
    The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
    3:10 To Yuma
    Dances With Wolves
    Billy Madison
    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
    Super Troopers
    As Good As It Gets
    Apollo 13
    The Dark Knight
    The Matrix
    Iron Man
    Sunset Boulevard
    The Godfather
    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
    Star Trek
    Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    I Am Legend
    Lilo & Stitch
    L. A. Confidential
    The Terminator
    In The Line Of Fire
    Lethal Weapon 2
    Rain Man
    When Harry Met Sally
    It's a Wonderful Life
    Mission: Impossible
    Casino Royale
    The Bourne Identity
    The Price Is Right
    True Lies
    A Christmas Story
    Wayne's World
    The Ten Commandments
    Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
    Office Space
    Monster House
    Terminator 2: Judgment Day
    Analyze This
    The Amazing Race
    Gran Torino
    Pulp Fiction
    Beevis and Butthead
    Old School
    Despicable Me
    Ocean's 11
    A Streetcar Named Desire
    The Jerk
    Silence of the Lambs
    Jurassic Park
    The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
    The Godfather, Part II
    Home Alone 2
    The Wizard of Oz
    Citizen Kane
    No Way Out
    The Sixth Sense
    The Usual Suspects
    Cool Hand Luke
    Animal House
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  4. rentayenta

    rentayenta <img src=http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/500/dm.

    Feb 28, 2007
    Great title and love that it has no meaning. Count me in! :thumbsup2

    Smells nice- very sweet!
  5. MissLiz

    MissLiz DIS Veteran

    Jul 21, 2006
    Great start! Can't wait to read some more!

    I try to be a movie line nerd, so I may get a point or two.

  6. Emma's Dad

    Emma's Dad DIS Dad #115 Virginia Beach, VA

    Mar 13, 2008
  7. AJRitz

    AJRitz DIS DAD #420

    Jan 26, 2010
    I'll read for the next couple of days . . .
  8. FreezinRafiki

    FreezinRafiki Cold enough for ya?

    Apr 16, 2009
    That's a pretty lofty goal that will take years of dedication, training and practice to accomplish. Or 40 hours a week on the local muni course for the next few years.

    I'm in!
  9. FreezinRafiki

    FreezinRafiki Cold enough for ya?

    Apr 16, 2009

    Oh - Star Wars! Do I get the first point?
  10. Rental01

    Rental01 DIS Dad’s Club Member #366

    Oct 1, 2009
    popcorn:: I'm in!
  11. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

    Nov 10, 2008
    Thanks for joining in! And yes, I wasn't running away from any particular problem...

    ...but that doesn't mean the title doesn't serve any purpose...

    Movie line nerds are welcome! :3dglasses

    Thanks Don!

    You mean you won't be cutting your park days early to come back and read future installments? Sheesh.

    I'll just have to be jealous of you as I update. Anything you want to know before you leave?

    Thanks for jumping in, Barry! Do mini-golf courses count?

    +1 :thumbsup2

    That was an easy one...
  12. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

    Nov 10, 2008
    Thanks for joining, Ian!:welcome:
  13. glennbo123

    glennbo123 DIS Veteran

    May 10, 2008
    Sounds like fun....count me in.
  14. trennr

    trennr DISDad #104

    May 16, 2006

    Looking forward to adding some colorful commentary.

  15. afwdwfan

    afwdwfan DIS Dad #460

    Apr 23, 2010
    Look forward to more. I'll have to pop in some DVD's to make sure all the memorable quotes are fresh in my mind.
  16. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

    Nov 10, 2008

    At last! You can try out your Colorful Commentator-inator!


    Good luck! To narrow your choices, I'll give you a hint: no quotes will be used from Bette Midler movies. Way too many to choose from there. :rolleyes1

    There's still an obscure one out there and up for grabs...
  17. rentayenta

    rentayenta <img src=http://photopost.wdwinfo.com/data/500/dm.

    Feb 28, 2007

    I was going off the last tiny line in your intro. ;) :goodvibes
  18. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

    Nov 10, 2008
    Oh. Uh... I knew that. :rolleyes1
  19. carrollchristoph

    carrollchristoph Galactic Hero & Proud Aspie Dad

    Feb 10, 2009
    Got me stumped on the 2nd quote. :confused3
  20. GoHerd1028

    GoHerd1028 <font color=red>DDC 172<br><font color=green>"Inse

    Oct 9, 2007
    Ok..finally home from work pulling up a chair and ready to read your TR...Lay it on me!popcorn::
  21. Captain_Oblivious

    Captain_Oblivious DIS Dad #257

    Nov 10, 2008

    Thanks for joining in, guys!

    HINT: think Bill Murray.

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