Pixie Dust, or Pixie MOUNTAIN? A Grand (Roy) Disney Sept.'18 TR*Jan. trip update 2/15

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  1. ariane37

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    I bet I could get a record breaking number of hits if I videoed that and put it on YouTube!

    There was quite the line of people waiting for hot breakfast. Not sure why they wait since they open at 6 (or 6:30?) I would have appreciated my waffles but at least I'd gotten them at the wonderful All-Star Movies food court :thumbsup2

    I've come to enjoy QS less and less, but I'll take these over certain TS's any day!

    Um, when I say I can't draw a straight line with a ruler I'm not exaggerating in the least. SO not an art person, but I found this fun! And my drawings even resemble who they're supposed to! Ricky's are always great and Steve beats me too; Chris has my artistic talent and less patience so he'd always give up half way through and start pounding his pencil, his foot, huffing and puffin, because..................it's Chris.

    Yay to another niece!! I'm really looking forward to our next grandchild coming in July but Hayden will always be my special #1

    Definitely put them on your "MUST do" list. When's your next trip anyway????

    I know you like staying with mom, but could you do it without her? I'm dying to do the MK one! I don't know if I'd do AK, other than FOP and EE nothing else is something I love riding and not hard to get. But if you have limited time on a trip I can see some value in it.

    Big time :sad2:

    I never knew either! They're all in the book I bought last month (I think I told you about it) that has the locations of Hidden Mickey's and other little details about rides, buildings, everything around the parks. Lots of it is stupid stuff everyone knows lol but there are also quite a bit of small details I've never heard of.

    LOL, if I hadn't read up ahead of time I wouldn't have known all there was and what to do when! I seriously made it a point to have a small festival "plan", partly for research purposes to give feedback to clients and also because we don't often go during this time period and I didn't know when we'd get another chance :)
     
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  2. ariane37

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    :thanks: what a nice compliment! And yes they were fantastic :D

    Oh man, not good news :( That's actually where I had them my first 2 times, but haven't been back to the lounge since the refurb. Glad I know not to look for them there but very sad!

    I did like that one too; it was cute. It's just that usually there are at least 2 or 3 commercials that really "wow" you and have people talking the next day. Not this year................

    I'm glad I found out! All the ADG details are in this new book I bought. It lists all Hidden Mickey's and tells you details of each park/Disney Springs. Many are obvious and often talked about but there are some, including all the movie references on BTMRR and lots about TOT I didn't know, that I'd never heard before.

    Me too :drinking1

    I expect nothing less from you ;)

    Hi there, and :welcome: So happy to have you here! The Sept. trip was definitely our most magical yet pixiedust: I honestly don't know if anything can top it! It was awesome in Nov. when Steve "re" proposed to me on Main St. but I still think the Roy suite takes first place and I'm fairly certain he'd agree lol.

    We LOVE the band. We love classic rock and that's basically what they play, and with a couple exceptions (as it depends on the members who are working any given evening) they always sound great! Especially when there's a big crowd it's so cool to be back there with everyone singing along, drinking, dancing :dancer:

    Um, the first time we were sitting on the LR couch, the furnace guy was downstairs, and Steve said, "I bought a ring, lemme go get it". Ricky was taking a nap. That was it, and about 6 months later we got married lol. So this was kind of way overdue :laughing:

    My buddy Gier gave us some samples of the men's scent, Steve likes it! I may buy him a bottle on my May trip :)

    No you can route for us to go! What you want to cross your fingers for is not only that we go, but that Ricky does NOT go; he should have to stay here because of the tournament the team plays in :thumbsup2:thumbsup2
     
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  4. Tracy161

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    I wish I knew! :sad2: I think I deserve a post-graduation trip... ;) maybe in August? The sooner the better, I already feel like I've been away for too long ::yes::
     
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    Oh yes join us in the August group!
     
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  6. Jenny Sanders

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    I am just so excited for this tour! I've wanted to do it since it was first announced. Yes, we still have some FP's to coordinate with @kastoney and @buzzrelly for our AK afternoon...
     
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    That's great!

    So cute :goodvibes

    Isn't being a Grandma the best!

    I love their birthday outfits

    YUM I want them now
    Disney slushies are the best cant wait for La Vie en Rose next month :drinking1
     
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  8. Steppesister

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    Me too. Leave well enough alone for crying out loud! LOL!
     
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  9. suse66

    suse66 Mickey Bars should be a daily food group!

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    She is the cutest!!!!

    Only Kari is lucky enough to have that special view!

    I loved that movie! Somehow I never made the connection to BTMR before......

    Mmmmmm! I have got to try these in March!
     
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  10. TakeMe2Disney13

    TakeMe2Disney13 Earning My Ears

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    I stumbled across this TR and I just had to read it to find out about all this pixie dust. Boy you weren't kidding, the suite looked fabulous. After seeing all the yummy foods you mentioned, I've added a few things on my list to try in the upcoming trips. That cheesecake looked amazing, and I've got to try the jalapeno cheese corn bread. Looking forward to reading more from you. Oh yeah, I'd like to add that your granddaughter is adorable, and congratulations on grandbaby #2!
     
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  11. ariane37

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    Hey all! I have some news to share :chat: Yesterday Steve came up with the brilliant idea to take me to DISNEY for my birthday next week! Yup, we've been back a few weeks and we're heading down again. VERY quick this time, 3 nights vs. the 4 we did in Jan., but Steve has a new boss and isn't even sure what the response will be about 3 days vacation with such short notice lol. His old boss would have said GO!

    Feb. 18-21st, CBR

    Not 100% thrilled with CBR but my discount wasn't helping at this late date so we went with best price with another discount. And as I mentioned to Melinda @pepperandchips, I do want to reach my goal of staying at (just about) every resort and this will be new to us.

    So we booked resort last night, secured my currently laid off stepson to stay with the boys, and I booked FP's and dining :thumbsup2 I loved our Jan. trip being fairly unstructured with only 2 ADR's, however being Presidents weekend and a very quick trip I did make ADR's for this one and have a much more structure plan. It's called "Ariane's birthday plan" and we will do 100% what I want to do all the time lol. We did have one tiny, not trip ruining by any means snafu last month related to not having an ADR which is another reason I made 3 for our 2 full days there.

    Here's where I have us eating: (all pictures courtesy of people I don't know who contributed to google)

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    Yes, lunch on the 19th. Hate it if you must, we ate here once and it was pretty good. I like the current menu, I did not like La Hacienda much when we ate there, and Steve doesn't like how close the tables are here so normally gives it a thumbs down. I can eat Mexican food twice a day so.....guess what? It's my birthday Steve!

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    Mmm, we've only been here once, for our anniversary on our very first adults only trip. I've been dying to get back and now we will :cool1: Dinner on the 19th

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    Given the way I have our plans, I think we'll be in HS around lunch time on my BIRTHDAY party: the 20th. Not loving any one restaurant in the park but we've never done the lounge, so if we are there and the weather is nice, we'll give it a try.

    And for dinner on my birthday:

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    Yeah, not too fancy but somewhere we haven't been in awhile and I want to do! We didn't do AK at all in Jan. so I do want to spend time here and I like it at night. Plus I want to put our Landry's card to good use. Plus this figured in partially to the one small dining mishap we had last month so.....again Steve, it's MY birthday!!!

    Oh and you know I'm getting that Bloody Mary again from Epcot at some point because I can literally taste it in my mouth whenever I try and I deeply miss it.

    For parks I pretty much have us going all day, all over, so we can ride headliners as often as possible. Sadly we don't get in until almost 8pm on the 18th so seriously only 2 park days but my plan is 3 a day! We may go to DS on the 18th when we get in, or may just eat at CBR, who knows, and we also have to leave early on the 21st. But this will tide me over wonderfully until our EPIC GIRLS TRIP in May!!

    Now that I've discussed February, let's go back to January in this September trip report.........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

    I left off with us doing the Animation Academy which was in the Odyssey building for the Festival of the Arts. Loved it, and may try doing it again next week. We drew Stitch which I don't remember every drawing at the original Animation Academy. Now I am the farthest thing from an artist but my drawings somehow come out decent, but Ricky beats us all and Steve usually beats me. Here's his on-the-evil-side looking Stitch:

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    I also made myself a shirt at the design your own shirt booth in the Odyssey building. Sadly, I chose the wrong size because I think I'm smaller than I am? And it looks good if I worked at Hooters. I may wear it when I know I'll be keeping my jacket on but that's about it.

    Now, here's where our one and only fail came in not having a plan outlined. While we were waiting for the class to start we began discussing dinner. We were both nearing hangry status but didn't want to put off the class - we hadn't eaten since Capt. Cook's. I went on the app and saw Sanaa had availability; I was also feeling Yak & Yeti (hence my bday meal there). I said, "hey, we could go to Sanaa or Y&Y, and just grab something quick as we leave here to tide us over" I continued to look and said this another time or two before Steve said he wasn't in the mood for either. OK. I didn't want steak since I'd had it the night before at Citricos. I was looking at Epcot availability, kind of wanting Rose and Crown but nothing. Chef's De France didn't interest Steve. Not a lot else left besides Coral Reef and GG. Surprisingly not much at monorail resorts we were interested in, we don't like Kona, he didn't like the Wave menu. So as I saw myself passing out in WS due to lack of food, I snapped, "we'll do Marrakesh again since it was good in Nov. I'll just get chicken".

    And that was that.

    Now since I have no DR to prove this, we had a fantastic meal there in Nov. thanks to Chris's suggestion. In fact, during a trip of many dining fails, Marrakesh was one of the 2 best! Not so much this night. Neither of us were thrilled with the last minute, spur of the moment, made in hangry haste choice. I ordered the wrong app (confusing what I got in Nov.) and did get the steak kebobs again and really didn't want steak. Later when Steve said I should have suggested somewhere else I reminded him I suggested Sanaa and Y&Y to which he replied "no you didn't, you just said we could go there". Ladies, men need things S-P-E-L-L-E-D O-U-T. Sorry Jeff @Terra Nova guy, but I'm willing to bet good $$ at least 2 of the ladies you live with would agree!

    Steve did have a decent new beer:

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    It was a bit too hoppy for me so I stuck with a Riesling.
    We were kind of blah after dinner since it was a tad disappointing so we headed out after Steve grabbed a school bread. No fear though, I saved the evening by going to Ample Hills when we got back to the BW! Ample Hills :rotfl2:it doesn't get any less funny. You cannot even think whomever named it had anything else in mind when they came up with it; what else do you ever describe as "ample"? No thanks, I'm full, I've had an ample amount of past already. Wow, there's an ample amount of garbage coming out of that pail! Nope, only used to describe one thing :P

    I know we've all seen this before but I love this shot I took before we left:

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    Night 3 in the books!

    Pretend I'm starting another update now, I have room for 3 more pictures and I'm not wasting it so on to our last day!

    We slept in just a tiny bit as we weren't going to a park today but going back to Disney Springs. I wanted to shop a little and we hadn't had time on arrival night. Also, once we'd gotten back to the room after Marrakesh/Ample Hills ;) I made both a lunch and dinner reservation so we didn't end our trip on a bad meal note and lunch happened to be at a new to us place in DS:

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    The inside is so cool! It wasn't busy at all but it was a Tuesday, we loved our meal so it began to make up for dinner the previous night. Before we left we went in to Uniqlo where I picked up a couple things for my granddaughter, and found out slippers are no longer called slippers:

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    I guess all the cool kids call them room shoes now! We picked the boys up some M. Jordan slides from the Trophy Room, stopped back at the BC to drop off the bags, and headed out to our last park of the trip :goodvibes




     
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  12. ariane37

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    It certainly is, better than I imagined :cloud9: We went over to see her today and I still have her "baby smell" on my shirt, love it!

    I feel like a long time ago I heard something about it, but never noticed any props/nods to it until I got this new book!

    You will NOT be disappointed :goodvibes

    Hi and :welcome: to my report and to the DIS! I'm glad you found me :) Yup, this truly was a trip filled with the dust lol!

    The cheesecake is amazing; I was debating last night if I wanted to have it again for my birthday next week now that we're going! I kind of still want to lol, but I also want to eat somewhere we didn't just eat at. Like anyone who tries the pulled pork nachos you will NOT be disappointed!

    :thanks:
     
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    Steve is a brilliant man!!! ::yes::

    I like your strategy :thumbsup2

    :rotfl2:

    I'm with you all the way ;)
     
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    I only managed to do the old Animation Academy once...and I drew Stitch! :)

    I can neither confirm nor deny the existence of such phenomenon...even though you may be totally right...shhhh...

    I bet it was a DIS Dad. :rotfl2:
     
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  15. pepperandchips

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    Wait I’m not supposed to be doing 100% what I want to do all the time on every trip :confused3
    #birthdaytripeverytrip

    I never knew this about you but I am the same!!! Nacho buddies for life! I hope that you have a great meal there to redeem San Angel against Steve’s table prejudices.

    I loooooove Yak & Yeti. Yeah, it’s kind of basic, but sometimes that is just what you need!

    Ugh it just sunk in now how jealous I am you are getting to return to the festival of the arts! I’m working on buttering R up for spring break... I need more than one flower and garden trip, dude!!

    :rotfl:

    You are not wrong! And yet when men start a sentence halfway through a thought we are supposed to understand the riddle and know exactly what they mean.

    They are definitely slippers in my house. Room shoes just sounds :snooty:

    What did you have at Maria & enzo’s?! We love Enzo’s Hideaway so we haven’t been able to bring ourselves to branch out to the “upstairs” arm. But it’s on my list!
     
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  16. disneyAndi14

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    How fun to head back to the World, even if a short trip! It does look like you have packed a lot in for those days.

    I so want to go in March except the flights would cost me close to $2000.00, that is insane, when normally I pay around 3-4 hundred a ticket! I guess the airlines are really taking advantage of the spring break time!

    Have a wonderful trip!
     
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    Excellent planning strategy!! :)

    :rainbow:WOO HOO!!!!!
     
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  18. Cloe Colton

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    How exciting to be heading back so soon! DH and I tried to be spontaneous like that a few weeks ago but I really only had vacation time to do JUST the weekend so we had to scrap it. I'll have to live vicariously through you!

    And oh man I have been in that boat not knowing what to eat! DH and I actually DID do a spontaneous trip about five years ago and I remember sitting in the lobby of POR calling my Mom for suggestions for where we should eat. I was too hangry and tired to think and we ended up not wanting to deal with all of the different transfers to get somewhere and ended up just eating in the food court! Since then I always either have a reservation or at least a plan of like three places I would be willing to get to! lol
     
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  19. Jenny Sanders

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    Well, DUH!

    HA! Ha! This made me LOL!

    This goes nicely with your Hooters tee! LOL!

    CONGRATS on the B-day trip and happy early Birthday!!!!! I can't wait to hear all about it. That Steve is a good egg!!!
     
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  20. cinderaimee

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    Yay! I have a February birthday too so now I'm trying to figure out how to get to Disney by the end of the month ;)

    I can't wait to hear what you think of CBR. I thought it was fine. Tiny room, though. Don't bring a big suitcase, there's no where to put it. But I love the look of the resort and the new Old Port Royale is so nice!

    YESSS!

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  21. Steppesister

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    That's 100% why I chose CBR for my Sept Trip with the kids. I have a goal of every resort on property by the time I die. Except I'll never own DVC so that leaves all of those out. I really don't have a huge desire to do the All Stars either, so I'm almost there!

    It's like our trips our next trips are carbon copies. HAHA! I've wanted to eat here since my very first trip and it's finally going to happen!

    This is on my list too!

    Ruh, roh!! Snap decisions rarely end well.

    Um, sooooooooooooo.... how is this not suggesting it? :confused3:confused3:confused3

    :rotfl2::rotfl::lmao:

     
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