Don't We Need More Ice Cream? - A F&G Trip Report - A Chilly Day in Epcot 7/6

mickeystoontown

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I so enjoyed the pictures of the Flower and Garden Festival. We used to go in May and were able to catch parts of the festival. Since my boss died and I had to change jobs, we now travel over the Thanksgiving holidays. Now we get to see the Christmas decorations instead.

I love that you are traveling with your parents. Those are memories that will last a lifetime.
 

dizneeat

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Apr 9, 2006
You got a lot of yummy food to share!

I was LOL when you mentioned that Fran "escaped" and you didn't track her movements ..........:lmao:
 
  • Captain_Oblivious

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    Eventually she got up and dressed and we were out the door by about 11AM, we didn't have huge ambitions for today, especially since my parents had just done the 3 hour time jump forward the day before.
    Time travel is always rough on you.

    We stopped for a good 10 minutes while my mom watched this bird.
    Ok, mom. That's great and all. Let's get a move on...

    My mom was happy because she was feeling a lack of veggies from travel day so she happily ate the rest of the green beans from the scallop dish.
    I would have happily donated mine for the cause.

    Fran appears to be annoyed. I think she is baking up her scheme for the next couple hours.
    :rotfl2:

    Really she was sick of all the camaraderie and wanted to do her own thing. She ended up going to Caramel Kuche and getting us some caramels for the room, and who knows where else she went. I didn’t turn on the GPS tracker in Trusted Contacts. Maybe I should have!
    I sense some intriguing trip report chapters in the future! :rotfl:
     

    pooh'smate

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    I know how Fran feels. I often bake up my own schemes when we go to visit my in-laws to have some alone time.
     

    franandaj

    I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!
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    Good bacon can't wait for pictures
    She barely waited until I had it out if the pan! I think i was still cooking half of it when she stole her piece.

    Oh... it can't be that bad. It's Disney World... no matter how ugly her driving gets, I've seen worse. :rotfl2:
    Actually she was being a very cautious driver. To the point that she may have been backing up traffic. :lmao:

    Just wait till you find something he really likes... Then reach for it at your own peril.
    Well the only things he shared all week pretty much was the stuff at the kiosks.

    I'm picturing one of those Family Circus comics tracing Billy's path all over the place. :rotfl2:
    Yeah it wouldn't surprise me, the scooter is electric powered. When I track her in the car, she goes directly from point to point, cause gas is expensive.

    Loved all your pics of the topiaries and the food booths! I am sad to say that even as a local I have yet to get out to the Garden Festival :-(
    Thanks! I know what you mean. For the past few years DCA has had a Lunar New Year Festival complete with kiosks and all kinds of Asian foods. I still have not made it out to one.

    Question-what hotel has the great Jacuzzi tub? The two things I look for in great hotels are a big tub and of course great room service
    That was Old Key West. But you have to get a one bedroom unit or larger. If they are like other DVC properties, the studios have just a standard bathtub/shower combo in their bathroom. Only the one bedroom and larger units have jacuzzi tubs. Hence why I don't stay in a studio if I can avoid it.

    Jumping in late, as usual. And yes, good job on updating while so many others are on the Epic Girls Trip! A lot of my usual lurking areas are pretty quiet right now!
    :welcome:

    I suspect soon we will start seeing all sorts of new TRs and updates. They are all slowly coming back home.

    Love all the food items you got! And had to laugh about Fran plotting to escape the Alison family!
    I didn't realize it at the time, she just said she was tired and needed to go back to the room a

    Hi. I'm really enjoying your trip report. It's so nice your parents got to enjoy the trip with you and Fran. Looking forward to more!
    :welcome:

    I'm hoping to get an update in soon, before all the ladies from the Epic Girls Trip start their TRs, or update and I'm behind again!

    The topiaries are so neat to look at during the Flower & Garden Festival. Very nice pics of the food porn. I rarely go inside the old Odyssey building and a nice place to be inside along with the merchandise stand.
    I really enjoy the topiaries. So much work goes into them and they are so creative! I'm not sure that I had ever been inside the Odyssey building before!
     

    pkondz

    . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky
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    The last one was actually larger.
    Really!

    I'm not into Dew, can't stand the stuff. That's all Fran. That's why we have so much, she over buys everything.
    Ah! So what's your go-to non-alcoholic beverage of choice?

    Nah, they were just strange, I tried not to think about it too much.
    wiggle wiggle...

    Well I didn't, but I thought I would point it out to everyone, especially since we couldn't have it. :laughing:
    :laughing:

    Don't worry there is more to this story.
    popcorn::

    Deliberate or by chance....I'll let you be the judge.
    That's me. All judgey-judgey
     

    pkondz

    . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky
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    I first woke up at 5:30AM, but since it was close to midnight when I went to bed, I decided not to give in and get up to take a tub. Next thing I know its 7:30AM.
    That's a bit more... late.

    I cooked half the bacon, and made French toast for my dad and I.
    Yumm!

    And yet.... No maple syrup.
    (That stuff you have there sure ain't!)

    we didn't have huge ambitions for today, especially since my parents had just done the 3 hour time jump forward the day before
    Good idea. I never worry about it since it's an hour off, I hardly feel it.

    We stopped for a good 10 minutes while my mom watched this bird.
    10 minutes? Was it doing a Broadway performance???

    I took this one of Piglet because the detail was so amazing. His tummy was made of tiny cacti.
    Oh! I saw those, but didn't notice that.

    Next up we found Bambi and gang.
    Yeah... I'll have a small story about that.

    We got one of each of the food items.
    Those all look good. I got...

    Beef Tenderloin Tips, Mushroom Bordelaise Sauce, Whipped Potatoes with Garden Vegetables (KA) – $6.75,
    ...this one. And really liked it!

    Next stop was The Citrus Blossom Kiosk.
    Oh Lord... :love:
    Love that slushy!

    We had Lobster Tail with Meyer Lemon Emulsion and Grilled Lemon (GF) — $8.00
    This was so good, according to Elle, that I had my own. She was right.

    Crispy Citrus Chicken with Orange Aïoli and Baby Greens (GF) (KA) – $5.75, This was a real favorite with Fran who doesn't eat raw fish so she passed on the Tuna, she happily at the extra piece of chicken. It was really crispy and had a slight kick.
    Had that too. It was pretty good.

    Fran started with dessert, but the rest of us saved it for last. Citrus Shortcake: Orange Chiffon Cake, Lemon Curd, Mandarins, Whipped Cream, Citrus Crumble (V) – $4.25,
    I don't remember if I had this (If I did, there'll be a photo). It obviously didn't make that big an impression.

    We also got a Orange Sunshine Wine Slushy – $6.50, as well as the non alcoholic version.
    I couldn't try the wine one. The machine wasn't working right. But the non-alcoholic one was amazing!

    I let my Mom ride the scooter and she was pretty hesitant, but we put it on Turtle and she did just fine with a little coaching.
    :)

    They used the old Odyssey building for the Festival Center.
    Oh! I didn't know that. I never made it over there.

    Fran appears to be annoyed. I think she is baking up her scheme for the next couple hours.
    Was she wringing her hands in glee?

    We got Fried Green Tomatoes with Blue Crab-fennel Salad, Remoulade and Smoked Paprika Oil – $6.00
    Sounds interesting...

    This wasn't super high up on my list, but my Mom had given some of unripened tomatoes to a friend at home to make them, and was curious since the friend had given her a recipe. I had one bite and that was enough for me.
    ... and now glad I didn't bother.

    We had not been sure about how my father would be about splitting all the food selections, but it turned out that by the second booth he was helping to cut things into four pieces with mathematical precision and this cake was no exception
    :laughing: That's what Dads do. My dad is almost rabid about that.

    At this point Fran said she was tired and needed to go back to the room. Really she was sick of all the camaraderie and wanted to do her own thing.
    I get it. I'm with Fran... or rather... without her.
    Sometimes you just need some alone time.

    She ended up going to Caramel Kuche and getting us some caramels for the room, and who knows where else she went. I didn’t turn on the GPS tracker in Trusted Contacts. Maybe I should have!
    :laughing:

    "The GPS says she's at the top of Mako in SeaWorld."

    Next up: I wear my parents out on the rides!
    :hug: That happens...
     

    DnA2010

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    What game(s) does he play?
    He plays Star Wars X-Wing :)

    Good supply of wine there! Can't say I've ever tried diet dew- I'm guessing we have it here tho

    Classic- still always a fav of mine

    The meatballs were very dense. Not at all what I expected. Mine are better, I like a little bread and onions mixed in.
    That looks yummy, I also like mine with some bread and egg and spices

    Yes she does as you will see..
    I had to think about what I meant to quote here, but I remember it was ice cream..is she a fan of Dairy Queen ice cream cake?

    Whipped butter?! yummm!

    By the time we had seen all these topiaries
    Lovely pics, thanks!

    Looks yummy!

    cider ice cream- yum!
    We also split a flight of Cider. I liked the light one the best, my Dad liked the Widow Maker which was sort of bitter, but he compared it to Guiness.
    I like the sound of that Widow Maker!

    Heaven, I'm in heaven! I really gotta try that marshmallow one!
     

    franandaj

    I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!
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    I so enjoyed the pictures of the Flower and Garden Festival. We used to go in May and were able to catch parts of the festival. Since my boss died and I had to change jobs, we now travel over the Thanksgiving holidays. Now we get to see the Christmas decorations instead.
    I like that we are able to travel at different times of the year. My favorite is definitely Food & Wine, but I also like January. We had hoped to go in January next year, but financially it's just not in the cards. We hope to be able to keep our cruise next April on the schedule, so we've had to scale back our trips.

    I love that you are traveling with your parents. Those are memories that will last a lifetime.
    We've actually done a bit of traveling with them. So far we have been to Las Vegas, went back to Cape Cod, WDW twice and Alaska on a cruise. Not to mention we see them for either Christmas or Thanksgiving every year, switching off the two every other year.

    That buttermilk cake at the Arbor was tasty!
    It sure was! I could have done that one again.

    You got a lot of yummy food to share!
    We did! It was quite yummy!

    I was LOL when you mentioned that Fran "escaped" and you didn't track her movements ..........:lmao:
    Well, at home when she's out with the car, I generally track her location. And then I wait to see where she tells me that she's been, about 75% of the time she tells the truth. :rolleyes1

    Time travel is always rough on you.
    Especially with an early morning. Then again, my parents had a direct flight and it didn't leave until 11AM.

    Ok, mom. That's great and all. Let's get a move on...
    If I had a dollar for every time I wanted to say that.... :rolleyes1

    I would have happily donated mine for the cause.
    I bet you would have! :laughing:

    :rotfl2:

    I sense some intriguing trip report chapters in the future! :rotfl:
    Actually it wasn't until the last night of the trip that I thought to track her movements, OK and the second to last night....or was it the third?

    I know how Fran feels. I often bake up my own schemes when we go to visit my in-laws to have some alone time.
    I get it. I probably would have Hari Kari'd myself if we had to spend any length of time in her parents house. There were only a few times that we both were over there, mainly because Fran worked for her parents, and we didn't have a social relationship. I think we had two Thanksgivings over there and we couldn't get out fast enough!
     

    franandaj

    I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!
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    Ah! So what's your go-to non-alcoholic beverage of choice?
    I generally have three beverages throughout the day. One large cup of strong coffee in the morning, water throughout the day, and wine at night.

    That's a bit more... late.
    And more civilised as well.

    And yet.... No maple syrup.
    (That stuff you have there sure ain't!)
    No it's not, it was also about 7-8 years old. I finally tossed it this last trip.

    Good idea. I never worry about it since it's an hour off, I hardly feel it.
    Yeah going to Denver was fine, even two hours isn't so bad, but three is a killer.

    10 minutes? Was it doing a Broadway performance???
    She had her binoculars out, was trying to identify it. Then my Dad started to chime in...the whole week went a little like that. She dies that for hours at home in the mornings. Keeps track of how many of which species come into her yard and then reports it online.

    Oh! I saw those, but didn't notice that.
    I guess it's from all those years of watching the Rose parade and listening to what kinds of flowers and such that they use for the floats. I check out all the materials that they use to make the various textures and such.

    Yeah... I'll have a small story about that.
    :hyper: Looking forward to it!

    Those all look good. I got...

    ...this one. And really liked it!
    It's hard to go wrong with steak, unless you over cook it.

    Oh Lord... :love:
    Love that slushy!
    I liked both, but liked the wine one better. ;)

    This was so good, according to Elle, that I had my own. She was right.
    I would have eaten my own if we didn't have so many other things we wanted to try!

    Had that too. It was pretty good.
    Really there was only one thing I tried that I didn't like.

    I don't remember if I had this (If I did, there'll be a photo). It obviously didn't make that big an impression.
    Yeah, this was nice, but not "OMG I need to go back for this" nice.

    I couldn't try the wine one. The machine wasn't working right. But the non-alcoholic one was amazing!
    Bummer for you!

    Oh! I didn't know that. I never made it over there.
    You were't with Fran. First question, "Where is the merchandise?"

    Was she wringing her hands in glee?
    No, she was being very secretive about it....

    Sounds interesting...

    ... and now glad I didn't bother.
    Yeah, I now realize that I just don't like Fried Green Tomatoes.

    :laughing: That's what Dads do. My dad is almost rabid about that.
    You should see my Dad when he is pouring champagne.

    I get it. I'm with Fran... or rather... without her.
    Sometimes you just need some alone time.
    But that's not what family is all about! :laughing:

    :laughing:

    "The GPS says she's at the top of Mako in SeaWorld."
    Somehow I don't think she could have got that far in an hour on her scooter.

    :hug: That happens...
    More than often, as you will see.....

    He plays Star Wars X-Wing :)
    Ah, never heard of that. She plays Magic the Gathering, I put up with it.

    Good supply of wine there! Can't say I've ever tried diet dew- I'm guessing we have it here tho
    I think you do. I believe that we picked some up before our cruise from Vancouver.

    Classic- still always a fav of mine
    I may need to make some next week, or the following.

    That looks yummy, I also like mine with some bread and egg and spices
    My own meatballs are somewhat bland, but then again I like the meat to be the star as well as the sauce I put them in.

    I had to think about what I meant to quote here, but I remember it was ice cream..is she a fan of Dairy Queen ice cream cake?
    I don't think she's every had it.

    Whipped butter?! yummm!
    Actually I was not happy that they bought us whipped butter. I would have preferred cubes.

    Lovely pics, thanks!
    They do such a nice job on them.

    Looks yummy!
    Yes it was....

    cider ice cream- yum!
    Did I say that in the description? I actually don't remember. :laughing:

    I like the sound of that Widow Maker!
    It was pretty good, a little bitter, but they all were tasty.

    Heaven, I'm in heaven! I really gotta try that marshmallow one!
    You haven't had that one before? That one is the best!
     

    franandaj

    I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!
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    So I realized that I hadn't given you folks any IRL updates since returning from the trip. If you were following my last TR you might know that we finally got our residence of 17 years all cleaned out, remodeled and rented a couple weeks before the trip. It felt great to be 100% rented leaving on the trip!

    As we touched down back in Los Angeles on our flight home, I turned my phone off of airplane mode only to receive an email that one of our tenants was moving out, and would be completely moved in about four days. They cleaned the place moderately and turned in the keys 10 days later. Well it was nice having been fully rented for 21 days at least.

    As of now, the place has been painted, cleaned up, a few items like light fixtures and fans have been replaced and we are about to put the sign out front and list the property on various rental websites.

    And we have another tenant who will moving out at some point in the near future. They informed us that they are looking to buy a house. So that will be a fun one. They have been there over 5 years, so definite painting, new blinds…..at least the flooring in there is rated for 30 years.

    Good thing we don't have plans to go anywhere until October.

    If you're not following along on the bonus features posted on the previous TR, we do have one exciting thing happening at home. There's this little thing that opens up at Disneyland at the end of the month. And it appears that I'm going to get to go there a few times in the next month or so. Between Jenny and myself we have three reservations at SWGE, so at least I'll have that to keep me busy while I'm not traveling. Plus I have at least five different DIS friends coming in each month (two in August) and then one in each of the subsequent months (except October when I will be in Orlando).

    So cross your fingers on the rental situation that we get it rented quickly!



    Meanwhile back to the TR, while Fran was on her freedom quest, the rest of us had FP for Mission Space. So we headed over there.





    We saw these folks along the way.







    I wasn’t sure how my Dad would take it, and the night before we had discussed doing the Green Team and if he was OK with that we would go back using Mom's and Fran's bands on the Orange Team. So that's exactly what we did! The Green Team ride was OK, but you “soared around the world” so fast that you couldn’t really even figure out what you were flying over. I agree that they could have picked something a little more interesting for the upgrade.

    My mom walked to the ride, but sat on the scooter while me and my Dad rode Mission Space. When we finished the second time, we were just in time for our FP for Soarin, well we would be once we made our way across to The Land Pavilion.

    My Dad rode the scooter this time. I realized that I better start making better use of those new tennis shoes, cause I was going to be doing more walking than I anticipated.

    We arrived six minutes before our FPs opened. Pam had told me that your FP window was actually 5 mins before the actual time and 15 mins after, so we decided to test that. Right at 2:45 we walked up to the podium and lo and behold, it worked!

    After we soared we had a FP for LWTL at 3:50, but we really didn't want to wait that long, so we headed over to the ride and as we approached, the CM at the entrance told us to go ahead and use the FP line, probably because of the scooter.

    Then we got directed into a wider lane for scooters and wheelchairs and then we were pretty much placed on the next boat.

    I rarely can get pictures in the first part of LWTL, I was lucky to get these.





    Pineapples!



    Mangoes?



    Chocolate!



    Bananas



    I always love the fish….





    I’m definitely out on this one!



    OK, what restaurant is serving this?



    Love this Mickey topiary!



    Mmmmm Basil……



    Some big A** squash!



    I love all the Mickeys in this ride!



    I don’t know why this concept always fascinates me.



    After that it was hot and we were tired so we made our way back to the room, my parents walked through the butterfly tent while I waited outside. The idea of swarming butterflies kind of freaks me out.

    I got this shot of the figment topiary while they were in there.



    Around halfway back to the room, my Mom asked to ride the scooter. I tried for another shot of the Captain Hook and Peter Pan topiaries and the afternoon lighting was much better than the morning light.



    Back in the room, Fran was asleep. Mom and I hit the jacuzzi out at the pool to soothe our tired legs. I'm not sure how long we were in there but it was around 5PM that we got out of the Jacuzzi and we sat by the pool drying off for another 10 minutes or so. I felt really gross between the cream on my arms to help heal my skin and the excess of sunscreen Fran put on me earlier, so I needed a full shower, and entered at 5:18. I know this because Fran asked me to wake her in 20 minutes so she could shower as well and it took me a full 20 minutes to get myself clean from all those lotions. We got her showered, dressed and then we all went to the Friendship boat dock as my Dad wanted to see if taking the boat involved any less walking. It didn't.

    [Continued in Next Post]
     

    franandaj

    I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!
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    [Continued from Previous Post]

    At the boat, they already had one wheelchair so they couldn't take two scooters. Fran opted to meet us at the drop off point while I rode the scooter on the boat with my parents. Then we headed to the restaurant and ended up being about 15 minutes early so we sat down to wait, but I took a picture of this topiary first.



    I think we were seated sooner than our given wait time.











    We had learned from the night before to order sparingly. Everyone ordered soup, me and Dad had French Onion



    Mom and Fran had the Lobster Bisque.



    They also gave us this yummy bread



    Mom had escargot (but I didn’t get a picture of that) and a Salade aux Lardons et croutons. Fran and I took half the salad and most of the Lardons.



    Then we split an Alsacienne tarte.



    My Mom passed on dessert, but Dad got the Gateau au Chocolat



    Fran got the Cygne au Chocolate



    I got the Tart aux Pommes.



    Everything was wonderful and we practically waddled out of there.

    We caught these topiaries in the dark.







    Illuminations had just ended and everyone was streaming out of the park with us. My parents walked this time and we arrived home safely but Fran wanted Ice cream so she went to Ample Creamery.

    She sent us this picture to help us decide what to have her order.



    But then when she got to the counter, she sent us this even more in depth menu.



    She bought a sampler, I don’t remember what all was in but the two brown ones are Coffee Toffee Coffee Ice Cream, Coffee Ice Cream with Housemade Espresso-Infused Chocolate-Covered Toffee Pieces. Going clockwise I think the next one was Peppermint Pattie Ice Cream, Cool Peppermint Ice Cream with flakes of Dark Chocolate and House-made Peppermint Patties. I believe those were my suggestions, the other three I have no idea!



    plus two cups of ice cream. This is Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Ice Cream

    The creamiest Vanilla Ice Cream made with Cream Cheese and gobs of House-made St. Louis-Style Ooey Gooey Butter Cake.



    This one is Sally Sells Seashells Ice Cream

    Fresh and Fluffy Orange Marshmallow Ice Cream with House-made Salty Chocolate Seashells



    I think she ate all of the last one that night, but the others lasted longer and some of the sampler may have been in the freezer when we checked out. I did sample the two that I picked before crawling into bed.
     

    jedijill

    Chiefs fan living in Bronco country
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    You guys got a lot done and dinner looked yummy! Ample Hills is awesome! I had some of the Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Ice cream and it was amazing!

    Jill in CO
     

    dizneeat

    DIS Veteran
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    Apr 9, 2006
    You packed a lot into that day!

    We have yet to try Ample Hill Creamery. The menu looks interesting. Well, we'll be at the BWVs for three nights ...... I might have to stop by there once or twice.
    ;)
     

    pkondz

    . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky
    Joined
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    I generally have three beverages throughout the day. One large cup of strong coffee in the morning, water throughout the day, and wine at night.
    Huh!
    I'm learning stuff about you. :)

    No it's not, it was also about 7-8 years old. I finally tossed it this last trip.
    Good!

    Yeah going to Denver was fine, even two hours isn't so bad, but three is a killer.
    I get that... except I don't get that unless I travel off continent.

    She had her binoculars out, was trying to identify it. Then my Dad started to chime in...the whole week went a little like that. She dies that for hours at home in the mornings. Keeps track of how many of which species come into her yard and then reports it online.
    Ohhhh...

    I guess it's from all those years of watching the Rose parade and listening to what kinds of flowers and such that they use for the floats. I check out all the materials that they use to make the various textures and such.
    I can see how that would become a thing. :)

    It's hard to go wrong with steak, unless you over cook it.
    Then it's really wrong.

    I would have eaten my own if we didn't have so many other things we wanted to try!
    The festival struggle is real.

    You were't with Fran. First question, "Where is the merchandise?"
    Should've guessed that.

    No, she was being very secretive about it....


    You should see my Dad when he is pouring champagne.
    :laughing:

    But that's not what family is all about! :laughing:
    Then it's more so.


    :rolleyes1

    Somehow I don't think she could have got that far in an hour on her scooter.
    :moped:
     

    pkondz

    . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky
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    As we touched down back in Los Angeles on our flight home, I turned my phone off of airplane mode only to receive an email that one of our tenants was moving out, and would be completely moved in about four days. They cleaned the place moderately and turned in the keys 10 days later.
    I knew that, but... still...

    Well it was nice having been fully rented for 21 days at least.
    :sad2:

    As of now, the place has been painted, cleaned up, a few items like light fixtures and fans have been replaced and we are about to put the sign out front and list the property on various rental websites.
    Do you expect it to go quickly? Or not?

    And we have another tenant who will moving out at some point in the near future. They informed us that they are looking to buy a house. So that will be a fun one. They have been there over 5 years, so definite painting, new blinds…..at least the flooring in there is rated for 30 years.
    Just wondering... is 5 years a long time for renters? Or average? Or... ?

    Plus I have at least five different DIS friends coming in each month (two in August) and then one in each of the subsequent months (except October when I will be in Orlando).
    :faint: You'll be a busy girl!!

    So cross your fingers on the rental situation that we get it rented quickly!


    while Fran was on her freedom quest
    :laughing:

    The Green Team ride was OK, but you “soared around the world” so fast that you couldn’t really even figure out what you were flying over.
    Wow. That sounds... lame.

    I realized that I better start making better use of those new tennis shoes, cause I was going to be doing more walking than I anticipated.
    Uh, oh...

    We arrived six minutes before our FPs opened. Pam had told me that your FP window was actually 5 mins before the actual time and 15 mins after, so we decided to test that. Right at 2:45 we walked up to the podium and lo and behold, it worked!
    Ah! I knew the rule, but wasn't sure if it was correct. I was pretty confident about the 15, but not the 5. Elle and I stood around once or twice for a couple minutes waiting. I didn't want to risk the embarrassment of being denied entry and told to wait. Looks like I didn't have to worry.

    After we soared we had a FP for LWTL at 3:50, but we really didn't want to wait that long, so we headed over to the ride and as we approached, the CM at the entrance told us to go ahead and use the FP line, probably because of the scooter.
    Possibly? Either way... nice.

    That's what I thought.

    I always love the fish….
    Fish are fr....


    No. They're food.

    I’m definitely out on this one!

    Me too! Hard pass.

    OK, what restaurant is serving this?

    :laughing: mmmm! Fresh cotton!

    The idea of swarming butterflies kind of freaks me out.
    It wasn't like that at all. Actually, while there were a lot in there... there was a lot less than I thought there'd be.

    Back in the room, Fran was asleep.
    Well sure. Going all the way to SeaWorld and back...

    Mom and I hit the jacuzzi out at the pool to soothe our tired legs.
    Good idea.

    Everyone ordered soup, me and Dad had French Onion
    mmmmm!

    Mom and Fran had the Lobster Bisque.
    Oh, man! This is a tough one! I'd be really torn. Maybe order both.

    Then we split an Alsacienne tarte.
    That's French for "We're jealous of the Italians and their pizza".

    Drool worthy.

    Very pretty.

    Yeah, there's a couple there that had me questioning. Especially the Sally Sells Seashells.

    Good idea!

    This one is Sally Sells Seashells Ice Cream
    How was that? Did you try it?
     

    Steppesister

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Dec 27, 2013
    Everyone ended up taking home half their meal, and it wasn't nearly as good as I had remembered. Certainly a disappointment.
    I've had a mixed bag there. The first time I got a flatbread and it was terrible and the service gross. The 2nd time I got some sort of pasta I think and it was better. I think I'd go again if I was on the Boardwalk and was hungry, but for Italian, I'd go to Terralina at DTD now.

    This topiary has a bit of a story for me. Coming up later on my TR, but I think it's my fave from the Festival.

    All of them were awesome and we ate every last bite. My mom was happy because she was feeling a lack of veggies from travel day so she happily ate the rest of the green beans from the scallop dish.
    I "suffered" from lack of veggies on this trip too. I really need to make an effort while at Disney to keep my greens/fiber intake up or my system rebels.

    If you were following my last TR you might know that we finally got our residence of 17 years all cleaned out, remodeled and rented a couple weeks before the trip. It felt great to be 100% rented leaving on the trip!
    WOOHOO!!!

    Or not... :(

    And it appears that I'm going to get to go there a few times in the next month or so. Between Jenny and myself we have three reservations at SWGE, so at least I'll have that to keep me busy while I'm not traveling. Plus I have at least five different DIS friends coming in each month (two in August) and then one in each of the subsequent months (except October when I will be in Orlando).
    Sooooooooooooo excited for this!

    I rarely can get pictures in the first part of LWTL, I was lucky to get these.
    They are so hard to get!

    She bought a sampler, I don’t remember what all was in but the two brown ones are Coffee Toffee Coffee Ice Cream, Coffee Ice Cream with Housemade Espresso-Infused Chocolate-Covered Toffee Pieces. Going clockwise I think the next one was Peppermint Pattie Ice Cream, Cool Peppermint Ice Cream with flakes of Dark Chocolate and House-made Peppermint Patties. I believe those were my suggestions, the other three I have no idea!
    I didn't know you could do that there!! YUM!
     

    Magical_Suitcase

    aka: kid-at-heart
    Joined
    Oct 9, 2018
    Awesome shoes! As a child I wore "hand-me-down" shoes and as a result, my feet suck. Shoes hurt. Finding comfortable shoes is my goal in life.

    Yum, I have never tried Freddies but maybe on our next Florida trip....

    I am really disappointed in the BCV renovations, reminds me of a cheap hotel we stayed at in Reno in the late 80s. I liked the old BCV decor.... But I do love the location...

    Now to finish reading your report. :goodvibes
     

    tiggrbaby

    <font color=deeppink><marquee>We must work harder
    Joined
    Jun 26, 2004
    Sounds like you had a great meal this time! And ice cream for Fran!
     

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