Congrats on not being sold separately! ~ a 20th anniversary trip report. New TR link 12/21

amazingact21

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What a fun dinner! I've never been to HDDR, but it sounds like it's great entertainment. Happy to hear the food was tasty, too!
 

suse66

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What a fun dinner! I've never been to HDDR, but it sounds like it's great entertainment. Happy to hear the food was tasty, too!
It really was a great night! When Landon and Evie are a little older, it would be an awesome family night out!

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suse66

Mickey Bars should be a daily food group!
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Making our last day better with breakfast at Garden Grill!

We sadly said goodbye to our beautiful room and brought our luggage down to store with bell services. How did 10 days go by so quickly?? Heading off to the bus stop, we were happy to see an Epcot bus roll up and ran over to grab it. Luckily security lines were light and we made it through easily. As our reservation wasn't until 9:40, we had time to hop on Living with the Land. Soon we were walking up to the entrance of Garden Grill and were seated a lovely four top on the upper level. I love the way they arrange the plates!
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We decided to just go for coffee and our waitress was quick to bring over our cinnamon roll and fruit. This was perfect and we pretty much demolished every bite!

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Our main was up next and I think I could have eaten my body weight in soft, pillowy potato barrels....so good!

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We had a ball with the characters....

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It was a perfect way to spend our last morning! After breakfast, we headed over to the Seas pavilion to visit the manatees. We hit up the Nemo ride and popped into Turtle Talk with Crush. It was a gorgeous day so we decided to take one last walk around World Showcase before heading out. We couldn't resist one more photopass pic.....

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See ya' real soon, Disney! It was a blast!

 
  • disneyAndi14

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    I love the Garden Grill breakfast, the tater tots are just perfect as in the cinnamon roll!
    What a nice last day
    Disney trip’s go by so fast!
     

    ariane37

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    HDDR and then drinks at TL sounds like the perfect night to me!
    Very nice last night and also a nice departure day, I enjoy getting to be in a park on departure day even just for a bit :goodvibes
    Hoop Dee Doo looks like so much fun!! We might have to give this a try on a future trip!
    You've never done this??? How did I not know? You definitely should it's lots of fun!
     

    Jenny Sanders

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    HDDR and then drinks at TL sounds like the perfect night to me!
    Very nice last night and also a nice departure day, I enjoy getting to be in a park on departure day even just for a bit :goodvibes

    You've never done this??? How did I not know? You definitely should it's lots of fun!
    Nope! It’s one of those things we just haven’t gotten around to doing.
     

    suse66

    Mickey Bars should be a daily food group!
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    OOP vs dining plan costs for the second part of the trip

    Main Street Bakery: $7.86
    Territory Lounge: $77.75
    California Grill Brunch at the Top: $183.18
    Geyser Point: $42.60
    Neighbourhood Bakery: $6.17
    Garden View Lounge afternoon tea: $103.31
    La Cava de Tequila: $30.36
    (Lunch was covered with the KKTK tour on Tuesday)
    Creature Comforts: $18.40
    Nomad Lounge: $49.53
    Hoop Dee Doo Revue: $154.00
    Territory Lounge: $21.57
    Garden Grill: $72.85
    Total OOP: $767.58

    *Note ~ I did not include our extravagant V&A dinner as it is not eligible for DDP.

    DDP costs: $754.90 (10 TS/10 QS/20 snacks) We would have used 6 snack credits, 0 QS credits and 10 TS credits, leaving 10 QS credits and 14 snack credits behind. Even though the costs are very close with us having spent $12.68 over the DDP costs, OOP is a clear winner yet again. We love the flexibility of eating where we want, really enjoy the ambiance of the lounges and prefer TS over QS any day.

    Back soon with my trip wrap up post!
     
  • suse66

    Mickey Bars should be a daily food group!
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    I love the Garden Grill breakfast, the tater tots are just perfect as in the cinnamon roll!
    What a nice last day
    Disney trip’s go by so fast!
    They go by way too fast!! We are big Garden Grill fans too. :)
    HDDR and then drinks at TL sounds like the perfect night to me!
    Very nice last night and also a nice departure day, I enjoy getting to be in a park on departure day even just for a bit :goodvibes

    You've never done this??? How did I not know? You definitely should it's lots of fun!
    It really was perfect......can't wait to be back again in five days!
    Nope! It’s one of those things we just haven’t gotten around to doing.
    You will love it when you go!
     

    pkondz

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    How did 10 days go by so quickly??
    OMG. Isn't that the truth? For every day leading up to a trip to Disney, you have to wait a week. Then when you're there... for every day you're at Disney, it goes by in 10 minutes.
    Luckily security lines were light and we made it through easily.
    No bags, I presume. :)
    Soon we were walking up to the entrance of Garden Grill
    Some place I've never been. I'm intrigued by it... but I'm not a big character fan and the price is a bit steep for me.
    Man that bun looks soooooo good.
    I think I could have eaten my body weight in soft, pillowy potato barrels....so good!
    :laughing:
    After breakfast, we headed over to the Seas pavilion to visit the manatees.
    Aren't they just calming to look at??
    See ya' real soon, Disney! It was a blast!
    :goodvibes
     

    suse66

    Mickey Bars should be a daily food group!
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    And that's a wrap.....

    10 days of happiness celebrating 20 years of us, we couldn't have asked for anything better! Our favourites as follows;

    Bill
    Favourite ride ~Living with the Land
    Favourite park ~ Magic Kingdom
    Favourite meal ~ Victoria and Albert's!
    Favourite drink ~ Leaping Lizard at Nomad Lounge
    Favourite resort ~ Wilderness Lodge

    Susan
    Favourite ride ~ Flight of Passage
    Favourite park ~ Animal Kingdom
    Favourite meal ~ Victoria and Albert's!
    Favourite drink ~ Lapu Lapu
    Favourite resort ~ Wilderness Lodge

    In fact, we loved Wilderness Lodge so much that we put in an offer on a 150 point resale DVC contract at Boulder Ridge Villas!! It went to Disney two weeks ago for Right of first refusal and we are keeping our fingers crossed they pass on it.

    Thank you to you all for reading along and commenting, I really enjoyed sharing our trip with you!


     

    disneyAndi14

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    Hope you get the contract for Boulder Ridge!
    Enjoyed the TR
    Do you leave soon for your next trip? If so have fun!
     
  • suse66

    Mickey Bars should be a daily food group!
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    Hope you get the contract for Boulder Ridge!
    Enjoyed the TR
    Do you leave soon for your next trip? If so have fun!
    Thanks Caroline! We are really hoping it goes through. :) I leave on Friday after work....so excited for Christmas at Disney!
     

    pkondz

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    10 days of happiness celebrating 20 years of us, we couldn't have asked for anything better!
    :goodvibes
    In fact, we loved Wilderness Lodge so much that we put in an offer on a 150 point resale DVC contract at Boulder Ridge Villas!!
    Wow! Good luck!!!! Let us know how it turns out!
    Thank you to you all for reading along and commenting, I really enjoyed sharing our trip with you!
    Thanks for telling us all about it! :)
     

    Steppesister

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    What can I say???? I love my legumes! :)
    ... if there was EVER a line for the tag fairy!!


    We love the flexibility of eating where we want, really enjoy the ambiance of the lounges and prefer TS over QS any day.
    Amen, Sista!!

    Lovely wrap up to a lovely trip. I love that you celebrated yourselves as a couple and did all the things you love to do. So many wonderful memories made for sure!
     

    Tracy161

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    Hoop dee doo was a huge hit for us and we would happily go back again
    Oh how fun! Sounds like such a great experience!

    In fact, we loved Wilderness Lodge so much that we put in an offer on a 150 point resale DVC contract at Boulder Ridge Villas!!
    Yay! Hope to hear soon that it worked out :thumbsup2

    Your Christmas trip is coming up so quickly! :hyper:
     

    missangelalexis

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    Sounds like a great final breakfast and morning at Epcot! Thanks so much for sharing, I'm glad you both had a wonderful anniversary trip!!

    Fingers crossed on getting that DVC contract!
     

    Jenny Sanders

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    Thanks for sharing another awesome TR!
    I'll keep my fingers crossed that everything falls into place for the WL DVC!!!!
     

    amazingact21

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    Oh wow, I hope your points go through! From what I've seen Boulder Ridge is gorgeous, and I bet it would be a great place to own points at.

    Thanks for sharing the OOP versus DDP breakdown. I'm always interested to see how the prices compare after a trip. Looks like you definitely made the right choice paying OOP. You would've left with a lot of wasted QS credits, otherwise.
     

    suse66

    Mickey Bars should be a daily food group!
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    Wow! Good luck!!!! Let us know how it turns out!
    Thank you!
    Lovely wrap up to a lovely trip. I love that you celebrated yourselves as a couple and did all the things you love to do. So many wonderful memories made for sure!
    Thanks Liesa! We had a great time!
    Oh how fun! Sounds like such a great experience!
    It was amazing! I think you'd really enjoy it too. :)
    ay! Hope to hear soon that it worked out :thumbsup2

    Your Christmas trip is coming up so quickly! :hyper:
    I am leaving tomorrow! :cloud9:
    Sounds like a great final breakfast and morning at Epcot! Thanks so much for sharing, I'm glad you both had a wonderful anniversary trip!!
    Thanks Alexis! It was the best trip!
    I'll keep my fingers crossed that everything falls into place for the WL DVC!!!!
    Thanks Jenny!
    Thanks for sharing the OOP versus DDP breakdown. I'm always interested to see how the prices compare after a trip. Looks like you definitely made the right choice paying OOP. You would've left with a lot of wasted QS credits, otherwise.
    I really love the lounges too for a more low key, relaxed atmosphere and they are not DDP eligible. Another great reason to pay OOP. :)
    Oh wow, I hope your points go through! From what I've seen Boulder Ridge is gorgeous, and I bet it would be a great place to own points at.
    Thank you, we love it there!
     

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