Happy and Grumpy’s 1st Trip - Part 8: Buffy Wins

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  1. JuleeM13

    JuleeM13 Earning My Ears

    Jul 6, 2000
    Cast: Julee, 27 (AKA Happy) 1st trip to WDW. John, 29 (AKA Grumpy) 1st trip to WDW

    Tuesday Nov. 14 (Day 3)

    After Muppets, we headed over to Star Tours. You should have see John’s face light up when he saw the huge Star Wars thingie (can’t remember the name of it) out front of the ride. He is a big Star Wars fan and for the first time on the trip he grabbed the camera out of my hands and started taking pictures. He finally appeared to really be enjoying something openly! We grabbed a Fast Pass and walked through the Star Wars store.

    By this time we were hungry again so we decided to have a snack and the Sci-Fi Diner. I had read that this place wasn’t very good, but as you know by now John loves sci-fi so I thought he’d get a kick out of it. We were able to get a table at the back of the restaurant right away (they didn’t have any cars available). We decided just to get a snack. We both ordered vanilla milkshakes and some sort of appetizer dip thing that I can’t remember. I ordered chili and John ordered a salad. We should have listened to the advice. The atmosphere and the milkshakes were great, but the food was pretty bad. Didn’t think you could mess up a salad…hmmm.

    Next we went over to the Backlot Tour, and yes it was still raining. We waited about 20 minutes to get to the water stage show, which was pretty neat. We then waited about another 20 minutes for the tram ride. At least the wait here is interesting since the queue goes through a prop room. We finally boarded our tram and were off. Ok, it doesn’t take much to impress me especially when it comes to Disney, but come on! This was horrible! First off they were putting up the decorations for the Osbourne Family Light Festival so there were workmen all over the place. Then I kept waiting for something cool and the best it got was Catastrophe Canyon. Yeah this was kind of neat but I couldn’t believe it was over when we pulled back into the boarding station. If you’ve ever been on the Backlot tour at Universal in California (haven’t been to Universal FL) then you will be disappointed. That is sooo much better.

    After feeling a bit ripped off we went back to Star Tours to use our Fast Passes. We rode this once before in DL and I forgot how sick it made me. I enjoyed it anyway. By this time it was almost 3:00 and people were lining up for the Mulan parade. Believe it or not the sun was finally out! Because of the parade we couldn’t get down the street to the rest of the park we hadn’t seen yet. We decide we needed a break anyway and that we could come back another day (unfortunately we never made it back). On our way out we stopped to watch some street performers by the front gate. I asked John if he would mind watching the parade and he didn’t so we waited. I stopped in the shop with the cool villain clock to ask how much it was. $165! NO WAY! This seemed a bit too pricey for me. I later found out that it was only $65. As the parade arrived I realized we had already seen it in DL. We watched it anyway.

    After the parade we managed to find the car with ease and headed back to the hotel. We were wet and tired, but we were both happy to see that housekeeping left us another surprise. This time it was some sort of towel/washcloth animal dangling from a hanger. She went as far as to make eyes out of paper for it. We don’t know what it was supposed to be but it was really cute and remained hanging above my bed for the rest of the trip.

    It was Tuesday evening and Buffy the Vampire Slayer was on which is one of our favorite shows. We couldn’t find anyone at home to tape it for us and after almost 25 years neither John nor I know how to program a VCR. I wasn’t thrilled with the idea of spending an evening watching TV, but we were tired and John has handled me dragging him around pretty well (better than I expected). Of course we both fell asleep again and woke up just in time to catch Buffy.

    We ordered a pizza from room service. It was better than the pizza from the food court but it took 1 ½ hours to arrive. I then called my mom and I was happy to hear that my grandma was doing ok. Not great, but ok.

    I reviewed our money situation and I was happy to see that we were ahead. Before we left home I made 11 envelopes that each contained cash or travelers checks: 1 for the hotel, 1 for tips, and 9 for spending money ($100 for each day +$100 extra). I would use the money I earned from the web site rewards program to pay for the car. I only brought one envelope with us each day and I kept the others in the room safe. This was a great way to handle it because I was sure I’d have enough for each day. Anything left over was extra.

    I went to sleep plotting our strategy for Animal Kingdom the next day.
  2. PoohbearLisa

    PoohbearLisa Earning My Ears

    Nov 18, 2000
    Glad to hear your grandma is ok. Thanks for posting! :)
  3. AmyBWV99

    AmyBWV99 It's a s'winter s'wonderland; you can freeze while

    Mar 3, 2000
    Can't wait to hear about your adventures on part 9!

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  4. LisaTx

    LisaTx <font color=3366FF>Domestic Goddess<br>

    Feb 11, 1999
    I think the Star Wars thing is an at-at. I don't know if that's how you spell it, but it is very cool! :)

    You can call the parks and have something shipped to you if you still want the villains clock. I don't know the number, but I could find it for you if you are interested. We love the villand shop. DH got a sketch of the Malificent dragon last time we were there. :D

    That's how I handled our money too. I had envelopes for the kids as well. I think they each got $10 a day and an extra bonus envelope that we held on to. We never had one disagreement about them wanting anything and begging for money. It worked great! :)

    THanks for sharing your trip with us.

    Lisa :)

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  5. BrerMom

    BrerMom DIS Veteran

    Oct 25, 1999
    Are you still working on part 9? I'm enjoying your trip report - and I'm waiting for the happy ending.

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