Earning My Ears
- May 20, 2018
Loved the tour, how cool is C!
And that mac and cheese hot dog, lawd!
And that mac and cheese hot dog, lawd!
I bet they will have a different cost for Star Wars... But might still be worth it!Regular pricing is $425 per hour. If we were only going down for a couple of days solely to visit Star Wars, we'd probably spring for it, but otherwise not without a larger group. You can have up to 10 people per guide.
I love knowing you had a similar experience with your guide!! It makes me so curious about the training process, and how they hand pick the guides, because you know they have to be the best of the best. We will constantly be on the lookout every trip from now on, I hope we get to run into him again!!How amazing! Glad you had a great day. I still feel an attachment to my tour guide from 2016. He definitely felt like part of the family. I look for him on every trip and got lucky and found him this past summer. I took a selfie and told the family he was with that they were in great hands.
Considering we were only at MK for a few hours, I was thrilled we could fit in everything we wanted!! If a couple of the FP lines hadn't been long, I think we'd have been able to fit in a couple more.Your VIP tour sounds great. You got so many rides done in one day in Magic Kingdom
He was awesome, we loved him!!Loved the tour, how cool is C!
And that mac and cheese hot dog, lawd!
I never, ever thought we'd have that opportunity either. I'm glad we got to have the experience, for us, but also to just see how it all works! Is that weird?? I like finding new ways to see the ins and outs of the whole Disney operation.Thanks for sharing your VIP experience. I don't think that's something I'll ever get to do myself, so it was really interesting for me to read about it and hear your opinions on the opportunity.
Now THAT'S what I'm really curious about - whether or not they'll have a special price for Star Wars. What I really want is for them to do either an AP event, or some kind of early preview time with limited tickets, or something. I'm just excited about it in general, honestly!!I bet they will have a different cost for Star Wars... But might still be worth it!
After experiencing, I think that first hour or so with us was him just trying to read our personalities. I feel like we got his authentic self. I agree - the guides have to adapt to all sorts of groups, and they can't all be as awesome as you or me, right?? I mean, come on, we know there are jerks out there getting guides!!What a cool experience! Its interesting how C's personality changed from the beginning of the day to the end but I imagine there are quite a few stuffy people who pay for the tours who wouldn't want a goofy tour guide. I think it's now on my bucketlist to do a VIP tour someday!
I am also curious! They really make you feel so special. I had that same awkward beginning phase with mine. They definitely need to observe and figure out the best way to connect with you. I would love to book him again in the future. I just need to figure out the optimal way to do it. I love your idea of Star Wars!I love knowing you had a similar experience with your guide!! It makes me so curious about the training process, and how they hand pick the guides, because you know they have to be the best of the best. We will constantly be on the lookout every trip from now on, I hope we get to run into him again!!
Joining in a bit late, but this seems like such a fun report so far, even with your struggles getting to Florida (the reasons why I will not fly domestically on any airline except Southwest or JetBlue). I'm also glad I'm not the only one who really prefers Soarin' Around The World over the original California one.
I loved reading about your VIP. Being a plaid, either in tours or Guest Relations, would be such a dream. Every person I know who has done it has really loved it. I mean, those costumes alone seem so worth it. And C seemed like he ended up really fitting in. You should definitely try to book him for when Galaxy's Edge opens, that would be so much fun.
Can't wait to read about the rest of your trip!
Welcome!!Finally all caught up!
This was such a fun read! I've always wondered about the tour guides so this was very insightful
Can't wait to hear about your Epcot day!
I had meetings so I had to pause after La Vie Boheme...not an awesome rendition of that at ALL. I mean, what the heck did they do to that song/scene?? I haven't had the chance to watch any more yet.I want to talk about Rent. I heard Idina Menzel in October. You just can't beat the diva at her own game.
Jordan Fisher was good.
I'm a huge Adam Paschcal fan. Aida. So good. I liked this guy as Roger.
Agree about Angel.
Jesse L Martin gives my husband goosebumps. Collins gave his all, but he didn't make it.
Mimi was a no go. Nu uh. Nope.
I still liked the production, though!
I think you should finish. You may be disappointed, but I think it's worth seeing it to the end. The lady from The Greatest Showman was fantastic.I had meetings so I had to pause after La Vie Boheme...not an awesome rendition of that at ALL. I mean, what the heck did they do to that song/scene?? I haven't had the chance to watch any more yet.
I liked Mario as Benny, did not love the guy playing Tom Collins. I'm with your husband on Jesse Martin, he's amazing. This guy was ok, but I wasn't feeling it. Then I wondered if it was just b/c Angel was kind of a terrible singer and I just can't get past it b/c they perform together so much.
The Mimi was not very convincing.
I felt bad this Roger (who looks so familiar to me) broke his ankle and they had to use dress rehearsal footage. But I thought he did ok. Adam Pascal just IS Roger for me, it's hard for me to see anyone else play it. And I can't accept anyone else singing One Song Glory. I thought I felt the same with Anthony Rapp as Mark, but I adore Jordan Fisher so much that I couldn't help but enjoy it.
Yeah, no one compares with Idina, but I felt like Vanessa held her own in a role that's so different from what she's known for. She sang well, and went all in on Over the Moon, and it wasn't bad.
Should I keep watching the rest of it or will I be terribly disappointed??
Honestly, no haha I love the heat! I spent a whole day at Disneyland in up to 116 degrees and it was one of my favorite days, nobody was at the park so I was living for all of it, could care less it felt like an oven outside and if I wasn't comfy (you're gonna be uncomfortable one way or another with FL or CA heat in the summer). I mostly judge on what I think I'd enjoy the most. Like I'd love to work Haunted Mansion just because of the character you have to take on, same with Character Performer or Attendant. Also a good amount roles have multiple costumes, like attractions and food & beverage roles, so I feel like judging the costume is way too much foresight in judging a role since it's just one factor and you're not guaranteed it. It's all up to what I think fits me personally and what would be enjoyable for me. If I was having fun, I could care less how I looked or how hot I was in the costume.He was so perfect for us! Like, if there was a dating app to match someone with the perfect plaid, he'd have been our choice hands down. It absolutely seems like a dream job, and I laughed at your comment on costuming - I've read your reports before, and about your time on CP, so I have to ask: do you also judge best roles and costumes based on how hot they'd be in the bazillion degree heat?? That's basically my criteria for how I pick and choose which jobs I'd want at the parks Or by what they have to wear when it's cold, because the coats CMs wear on Splash and Big Thunder when it's cold look like a nightmare, how do they even move in those bulky things?? I also sit and think about how I'd be handling summer in a HM maid's dress, lol! (i'd figure out a way to just deal with that one, I think!!)
We didn't even ride it our first like 5 trips or so I think? (Well Josh rode it back when it was Soarin' Over California but I didn't). I liked it a lot once we did ride it!THEN on my solo trip in May 2017, I rode it like four times and became obsessed. I have no idea why, but now I hate the thought of missing it, it makes me so happy!!
I love this too! My lock screen is that super pretty sunset I saw at Disney in May
I may have googled videos of Haunted Mansion with the lights on the other day... I really want to see under the ball room.I asked if he'd ever seen any of the rides with lights on, and he said just Space Mountain and a couple of others, never HM
He did better than I did when I tried to monorail back to the room by myself after that MVMCP where Josh got a headacheOh, and no, I did not forget about X during our daily adventures. He successfully made it to the TTC and walked back to our room,
I love that you have the same taste in cupcakesalso had a millennial pink cupcake,
I can't watch those "live" Broadway shows they keep doing every year, I always find them really disappointing.I"m currently watching Rent (semi) Live on my DVR...I'm a huge fan, and have even seen original Roger and Mark perform the show, so I'm trying to hang in there with this one.
I really want to go back there! I haven't been since 2015.PPO Crystal Palace breakfast,
I can't remember did you ever get to Shula's?We had dinner reservations at Shula's
I love her, I follow her on Instagram, and for the month of October she posted Halloween stuff 24/7**side note from my Rent viewing - Vanessa Hudgins is pretty legit**
I didn't even know they were meeting there!Wreck It Ralph and Vanellope were a must do for me, and everyone else was actually excited to meet them, too.
That looks yummy. We've never made it to the Garden Grill, and I want to go someday!
I once thought I had good eggs at Tusker House, but I was pretty sick that day so I think I was hallucinating. Other than that nope, never!Has anyone ever actually had GOOD eggs at a Disney breakfast, or are we all just in agreement that they're kind of wet and blah??
It's so true, stop trying to fancy them up! (That said I do love a good tater tot myself too).The "potato barrels" (Quit trying to make Fetch happen, Disney. They're tater tots.)
Bacon twins! I also love crispy bacon, and Disney's rarely is.Honestly this particular bacon was slightly elevated b/c it was crispier than usual. Crispy bacon is winning bacon!!
Ok, if you are old there is no hope for the rest of us........Sorry, no time for a good chapter title. I know, I know. I'm slipping. Back when I first started trip reporting I always had chapter title themes, like song titles/lyrics, or whatever. Those days are over, I think. I'm old now and I play word games on my phone to keep my brain active
I love that breakfast!Pretty good, apparently, b/c while on the monorail I scored a PPO Garden Grill breakfast!! I couldn't find one for a party of three, but a party of four was right there waiting. Awesome!!
I hope they are doing M&G's in July as it would be a must do for us too!Wreck It Ralph and Vanellope were a must do for me, and everyone else was actually excited to meet them, too.
Puto meets are always amazing!He was a delight as always!! I don't think I've ever had a bad meet with Pluto anywhere. We love him!
So cute!My very favorite picture:
Now you have me thinking of adding it in this summer! I really enjoyed it when I ate there on my first solo trip.Two visits to Garden Grill, two AMAZING character experiences. Hands down, one of my absolute favorites. And this time the food was much better, too. So here's a restaurant that went from me never needing to go back, to something that is now one of our preferred breakfast locations.