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Discussion in 'Disney Trip Reports' started by mickeystoontown, Jan 15, 2018.

  1. Grumpy's Wife

    Grumpy's Wife Dollar Tree gal here

    Jan 28, 2005
    You have been busy little camper. So glad both your kids will be joining you for your Thanksgiving trip. I love being able to see all the Christmas decorations up.
  2. micandminforever

    micandminforever DIS Veteran

    Dec 27, 2006
    I am still reading along, and loving your reports.
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  4. pooh'smate

    pooh'smate Stuck in the Middle

    Jan 22, 2005
    Oh my those people with the mattress on the top of their car!!!:rotfl2:Can you imagine if it had rained?
  5. SweetSerenity

    SweetSerenity Thank you evenin' star!

    May 8, 2009
    Welcome back! You remind me so much of my mom. My 90-year-old grandmother lives next door to her, and she spends her days doing bout the same. Hanging out at the Dollar General, buying cat food at Walmart--anything Granny wants to do. I hope one day I'll be doing the same for her.
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  6. BarbieGal457

    BarbieGal457 DIS Veteran

    Sep 9, 2007
    So happy to see you're back!! I absolutely love your reports.
  7. PhoenixStrength

    PhoenixStrength Found my Prince Charming!

    Oct 7, 2010
    Yay! So glad you are back!

    Glad Lacey and Hunter (and maybe Mama) will be coming next trip! What days are you going to be there in November? We have a trip planned for the week after Thanksgiving, wonder if our dates cross at all? And that reminds me, I should start a PTR :rotfl:

    I cannot believe Hunter is already 21! :scared1: I've only gambled a handful of times in my life myself, and the few times I did go I set a $25 limit so I wouldn't lose all my money!

    Hope your life calms down at least a little so we can hear more about your trip soon! :banana:
  8. mickeystoontown

    mickeystoontown DIS Veteran

    Oct 2, 2006
    I know! It's hard to believe that he is 21!

    Thanks for sticking with me!

    Thank you! We are busy but I wouldn't have it any other way.

    Oh I love me some tent camping. Just lying around with only a piece of canvas between you and the fresh air. Love it!

    Seriously!?! Where are you staying @MickeyReeds

    I should have another update posted soon!

    Isn't the koala cute? It is tough losing a part of your family!

    Thank you! I appreciate you sticking with me!

    I really appreciated the king bed and the location upgrade but the room was showing the wear and tear. Good luck with having the three adults in a room. We will have four in a room this Thanksgiving!

    Oh wow! It's been a while since you've visited Disney! So much has changed! I'll be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

    Thanks! I'm glad that you stuck with me!

    Thanks bunches!

    Thanks for coming out of lurkdome to let me know you are still reading!

    I have been playing catch up on your report!

    Thank you!

    Glad you stuck with me!

    It really was a tough time! Mr. Beaker doesn't replace Copper but he does help.

    Girl, you and I both went through a lot these last few months.

    You sound like me! I want to get over here but I just haven't had time.

    I am sorry to hear about your puppy....even if it was three years ago. They are just like family.
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  9. mickeystoontown

    mickeystoontown DIS Veteran

    Oct 2, 2006
    We literally have been happy campers. I'd be back on that mountain right now if it weren't so darn hot outside. I am excited to have the kids with us again!

    Thanks for sticking with me!

    John and I were looking at the mattresses with the sheets flapping in the wind and thinking that very thing!

    Thank you! Oh that's so sweet of your mother! I tell my mama this "You took care of me when I was a kid. Now it's my turn to take care of you."

    Thank you!!!!!

    I hope to have a post coming up tonight.
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  10. mickeystoontown

    mickeystoontown DIS Veteran

    Oct 2, 2006
    Camping is definitely not for everyone. But I love it! I have three totes that we store camping supplies in so they are always ready to go! It does takes some time getting everything together.

    I want mama to go so badly but so far, we haven't been able to convince her.
  11. mickeystoontown

    mickeystoontown DIS Veteran

    Oct 2, 2006
    Flying by the seat of our pants and trying another something new!

    We left the gorilla trail and really weren't sure what we wanted to do. Kali River Rapids was running but I do NOT like walking around with underwear stuck to my rear. I've never been on Kali that I didn't get soaked. Not a little wet but soaked. As in we had to wring out our shorts and shirt wet. Not something that is very pleasant to me.

    And that reminds me of something. We had two Animal Kingdom days planned so I can't remember if this happened on this morning or on our second Animal Kingdom day. But we were standing in the bus line that morning waiting on an Animal Kingdom bus and two ladies and a child were in front of us. They asked if this was our first trip and we told them it was our 24th trip. This was their first trip since one of them was just a little kid. They had Fastpasses for Kilimanjaro Safaris, Navi River Journey and one other attraction. The mom wanted to know if you got wet on Kali River Rapids. I told her that we had always gotten soaked and we had never seen anyone come away without at least getting some sort of wet. I showed her a picture of Hunter and his girlfriend when they rode the year before and they were dripping.

    We continued to talk while waiting for the bus. They wanted suggestions on counter service restaurants. i was surprised when they said that their travel agent hadn't given them any suggestions or tips. Whaaaaaat? That's one of the things that I always do. I offered some suggestions and told them what the various restaurants served. We chatted more and then the bus came.

    Our bus looked like the one below....except our bus was full to the brim. We were on one side of the the bus and the ladies we were talking to were on the other. Then there were guests standing in the middle between us. We heard the ladies asking those standing if they had ever ridden Kali River Rapids. The standing guests said that they hadn't ridden it in years but didn't think that you got wet. The ladies said "oh we'll ride it then!" :rolleyes::rolleyes2:sad1: Is it horrible of me to have secretly wanted to see them when they got off Kali River Rapids?
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    Anyway, that little diddy of a story happened either on this day or on the second Animal Kingdom day.

    Let's get back to our flying by the seat of our pants part of this report.

    I found this pic in my camera roll:


    Looks like I made our fourth Fastpass of the day. I was happy to find this one so that we could skip the standby line for the new nighttime spectacular at Disney's Animal Kingdom. Rivers of Light had been delayed for so long and hadn't been up and running when we were there in 2016. At that time, it was a Jungle Book themed show and we loved it. We were excited to have another "new" to add to this trip.

    We were wandering around in the Animal Kingdom and weren't really sure what we wanted to do next. We ended up walking one of the pathways from Asia to Africa and we came upon the "Flights of Wonder" theater. Hum, this trip was all about trying something "new" and we had never seen it before so why not?

    There was a castmember out front telling guests about an owl that she had perched on her arm. Lots of children participated in a little question and answer session. It reminded me of the days when Hunter was little and would always always raise his hand and ask questions.

    Not long after, the theater opened and we took a seat near the aisle on the far left side facing the stage. We had a pretty good view of the stage. The show has changed since we were there but, at the time, the "story line" was that one of the cast members was scared of birds and the other was helping her get over her fear by introducing her to the various birds that were in the show. I
    t was a little bit silly but we like corny, silly shows so we were enjoying it.

    I am sure that these pictures are out of order but at least I have pictures which is better than I've been doing. The birds (and sometimes little mice) would come out of these windows.

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    See the toucan?
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    And I don't think that you can see it but there's a big black bird on the perch.

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    At one point in the show, the owl that was on display out front came out and joined the show. The cast member asked us all to be very still and to not raise our hands or stand during the next portion of the program. They told us how owls are hunters and they are so quiet that their prey didn't even know the owls were coming after them until it was too late. The owl flew right over our heads and we never even heard his wings moving. He was so quiet.

    The eagle was one of the most impressive birds that was in the show. The "afraid" cast member came from the side of the theater and onto the stage so that she could meet the eagle. Look at how big the eagle was!

    Now I'm not sure if this was something that was fake or real but when the guy brought out the eagle, poop went horizontal...almost splatting the cast member hosting the show.

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    Once the eagle left the stage, the 'fraidy cat came back onstage.

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    There was also a segment of the show where a bird sang a song for the audience. I have video but will need to get it uploaded.

    The show was long enough to keep the guests entertained and I'm glad that we decided to choose this "new to us" attraction.

    ***Up next: It's raining, it's pouring, the gorillas are snoring!

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  12. Pluto0809

    Pluto0809 DIS Veteran

    Jan 25, 2012
    Totally agree with you on this one and it's why I have never ridden KRR. I just have no desire to be miserable the rest of the day. I have ridden Splash Mountain but have quite the love/hate relationship with that one. I do have a FP for Splash in August because I figure if I am going to get wet it might as well be during the hottest month of the year.

    Nope, I would be wanting to see the same thing too!

    Yep, I love that Disney always adds a bit of a story line to all of their shows to keep you entertained while being educated at the same time! I'm interested to see the new version but I'm not sure if I will catch in in August because I'm only at AK for a 1/2 day. But hopefully in October we'll make time for it.

    I'm going to say real because I saw the old version of the show several times and never saw that happen.
  13. PhoenixStrength

    PhoenixStrength Found my Prince Charming!

    Oct 7, 2010
    Of course because we arrive November 26th for our trip! :rotfl: Someday our dates will line up!

    I have seen Flights of Wonder a couple of times and did enjoy it. We will try to make time to see the new Up themes version in Nigember but we only have 1 day so not sure if we will get to this trip.

    I always get soaked on Kali too. Our trip last year it was 95 degrees so we didnt mind at all but while I like the ride we do usually skip it to avoid being soaked the rest of the day.
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  14. Woth2982

    Woth2982 DIS Veteran

    Oct 11, 2008
    I am with you on KRR! I do not like being wet period. I dont even like taking a shower (I promise you I do lol). It is my friends favorite ride so I rode it once with her, then she road it three more times in a row! I stood on the bridge and watched. I actually dont mind the Grizzly River one in California Adventure in the summer, because there is so little humidity and it is so hot the water evaporates quick. It lingers in Florida!
  15. MickeyReeds

    MickeyReeds Mouseketeer

    Oct 25, 2007
    We will be at Saratoga 11/21-11/26 :) We rented points from my BIL. This is an adults only trip!


    Jan 26, 2011
    Flights of Wonder is my favorite show at Disney! I’m glad you enjoyed it too!
  17. mickeystoontown

    mickeystoontown DIS Veteran

    Oct 2, 2006
    Like you, I'll happily watch the others get soaked while I stand on a dry bridge. Hunter and his then girlfriend rode is 11 times in a row when we were there in 2016. They looked like drown rats.

    I have a client who stayed at SSR and loved it!

    I am glad that we saw it before they changed it up.
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  18. ariel_fan76

    ariel_fan76 Mouseketeer

    Jan 14, 2016
    Just joining in and loving reading your trip report!!
  19. jdd

    jdd DIS Veteran

    Jul 24, 2006
    How did I miss seeing a new (okay, maybe not so new!) Mickeystoontown trip report??? I love your reports and am so glad I stumbled on this one! We spent lots of time at the All Stars when the kids were smaller - such fun resorts with the giant icons. Looking forward to reading more about your adventures - we head down to the World in just 32 days, so I'm soaking up all the Disney I can in anticipation :goodvibes
  20. erinch

    erinch Parsing the same ee cummings poem for 20 years

    Mar 22, 2001
    I’m in! And only just started, so there was no lag for me! But now you better hurry up.
  21. Steppesister

    Steppesister DIS Veteran

    Dec 27, 2013
    I've done the FOW show a few times and love it! So glad you got to try it out too. And yesh, some new guests can be so naive. And well, that interaction was just a bit.... rude? Weird?

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