The ABC's of Sauntering Through WDW- W is for Wonderful, Wet, Watery World! Pt 3 + PTR Link

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  1. amazingact21

    amazingact21 Upendi

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    I hope the injection helps manage the pain. Nobody can say you're not exploring all options before going the surgery route.:crazy2:

    I am so confused as to how that Uber driver didn't even try to correct her course when she reached what was clearly NOT Discovery Beach. :confused3 I have never used an Uber before, though, so I have no idea if that's normal.

    Glad you eventually made it there, though. Was it crowded on the day you visited? I know they only sell a limited number of tickets per day, but I'm wondering if the breakfast area was busy with all the guests trying to get their meals knocked out.


    Lovely photo of you with the dolphin. Thirty minutes sounds like a decent amount of time for the cost of the interaction, but I imagine it feels fast when you're having to share the time with 7 other people.
     
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  2. MeghanEmily

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    Ooh, good recommendation! Assuming I still haven't worked any gluten back into my diet by then, I'll make sure to pass this along to Nathan. He loves a good flatbread :)

    We enjoyed our brunch very much, but mostly for the self-serve selections and atmosphere, and not as much for the entrees. Nathan tried their take on chicken and waffles, which he said was very good, but he also tried an omelette that was downright terrible. My steak and eggs were just okay...I've had far better $30 steaks and my eggs were overcooked, and there aren't that many other options for me there for entrees with my current dietary restrictions. I can't drink, and Nathan drinks very little, 1-2 drinks max in one sitting, so the bottomless mimosas are a little lost on us. I also had a really lousy allergy chef who couldn't seem to keep my dietary restrictions straight, and he ended up telling me that some things were safe that actually weren't. (However, our server was AWESOME, and she even checked his work with the other chefs/line cooks to make sure he didn't give me bad information!) Even with that in mind, and even with the price, we'd still definitely go back. Everything else was top notch. But we keep looking for new Disney experiences on each trip to keep things fresh and exciting, and we've never done dinner there, so it seems like the thing to do. And I don't think I have the dolla bills or the time in our schedule to fit in both meals.

    I'm so glad to hear it was a good experience! My grandmother has always been this way and has tried to teach me to do the same: she is very frugal in her day-to-day life, but she'll happily splurge on special experiences, especially when it comes to travelling. She values memories over "things." We still talk about our visits to Discovery Cove all the time. We loved the dolphin swim when we did it the first time we went, but the second time we did the sting ray feeding instead, and that was probably as much of a highlight as the dolphins and (bonus!) was a little bit less expensive.

    We've been off property a fair number of times, and I still don't feel like I know Orlando all that well, so it's an easy mistake to make! When we went to Discovery Cove the last time, Nathan followed his GPS and we wound up in some weird parking lot of, like, a firehouse or something. So I feel like it's cursed!

    Saying a prayer for you and your neck! I hope you get some relief from the pain after that lousy injection. I can only imagine how frustrating and painful it's been for you.
     
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  4. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

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    Lies! All lies!

    Who me? I have never added anything to a photo.







    :rolleyes1

    Yay! We shall!!

    They look happy, though.

    So 70 is doable, then.

    Thanks for the tip. :)

    ::yes::

    I highly doubt that will happen.

    Thought so. :hug:

    And???

    Looking forward to hearing about the rest.

    Meltdowns are okay. It happens. The permanent part... not so much.

    Yuss!

    Looks like it!

    :laughing:

    <sadly deletes photo and wanders off, head held low in disappointment.>

    Oh, man. :eek:

    :hug:

    Stubbed your toe only 5 times? Huh!


    :rolleyes: :duck:

    Hope it starts feeling better soon.

    :laughing:

    And... yes you are.

    Hmmm... not on the clock? Then... why open the park? Just... weird.
     
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  5. Malia78

    Malia78 Flotsam and Jetsam

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    I'm the opposite...no raw things!! We are going definitely going to find them in May and I will be glad to consume them on your behalf if they aren't your thing :)
     
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  6. Chrystmasangel

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    Well, I made it through your wonderful Discovery Cove update before I passed out in my chair holding my laptop. I had watched a youtube video of it once, but it didn't do it justice like your pictures do. I love your dolphin experience pictures. You look like you are just loving it!

    Thanks for the call last night! It really is appreciated! I was really feeling overwhelmed and I went to day 3 of my clinicals today a bit less tense and a little lighter in my steppe! :-)rolleyes1 )

    Really can't wait to say hello in May! Things just got real! I can see the lights at the top of the steeple and I just went into crazy Dis planning lady mode. ROFL! I decided today on my lunch break what my Dis bounding will be. I am taking inspiration from your thrift store finds. I am going to start perusing the 2nd hand stores to see if I can find what I want.

    Heading to bed early tonight. Long day ahead of me tomorrow doing second validations on organism identifications I did today on urine plates. woohoo!
     
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  7. suse66

    suse66 Mickey Bars should be a daily food group!

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    That's the great thing about our little community here on the Dis, we all understand when our lives get busy. We all have things we are carrying that makes our lives complex. Come here to hang out, read, relax and enjoy when you can. It's a great respite, as you know. :hug:

    Oh yes! Saw it and LOVED it!!!!!

    As always, I am in awe of your talent. Simply beautiful!

    Never. Leave. The. Bubble. (except maybe to go to Discovery Cove)

    Looks like it is going to be an amazing experience!

    Now I am curious to know what was!

    Yikes!! Really hope it helps and that you are feeling a bit better soon.

    Thinking of you and hoping everything went well. :goodvibes
     
  8. Steppesister

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    It will be interesting to see how well it works. It felt pretty good the yesterday and the day before, but today... not so much. I think with these you have to give it a bit before knowing for sure.

    I agree, but she was definitely not from around there and probably had only just arrived from... wherever she was from. I have taken them loads of times, and can for sure say, this was NOT normal. Generally, I've been quite happy with them.

    No, not particularly crowded at all. Lots of room in all the water features and plenty of lounge chairs on all the beaches. Just perfect!

    I was there pretty early, so for me, no it wasn't crowded at all. No line whatsoever, but when I walked back by later after getting my suit on, there was a small one. Still not bad though, then even.

    Honestly, it was just right. The dolphin swims by all of you in a line so everyone has equal chances to touch and feed, etc...
     
  9. Steppesister

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    Sounds good! I really the one I got.

    I love that you would still go back despite it not being perfect. Because you now what? No meal is perfect. Ever. Maybe V&As, but there is bound to be some hiccup and I'm glad this place and your experiences have had redeeming qualities.


    I work to live, not live to work, as they say. I am blessed enough to be able to save each month for things I want to do and to be able to help my kids out when they really need it. I typically don't splurge on myself (last big one was a new camera lens) except lately to travel. I'm all about that. :)

    Haha, then maybe her GPS misread her intentions as well!

    Thanks, Meghan! I see less thrill rides and more bench sitting at Disney in m future. LOL!
     
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  10. Steppesister

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    Someday, I'll grow up to be just like you and learn PB and be able to fix stuff like that.... better.

    Uh huh.


    sure.

    Happy little paramecia!

    Oh for sure!! 100%. One of my favorite instructors in school was 75 and could keep up with all of us. She was a real spitfire!

    You are right. I will never swim naked with dolphins.

    I have NO idea what this was even about and even went back to check.

    And, peanut butter goes great with jelly.

    And, my internet bill is too high.

    And, Disney trips are fun to plan.

    And, I need a hot bath and a long weekend.


    Permanent is becoming all too normal. :sad2:

    I worry for our society.

    Been a while since I've slipped an exploding helicopter in.

    \

    Aren't we the funny one.

    Very.
     
  11. Steppesister

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    Then I get your extra mimosa. ;)

    It was so fantastic! Just a very lovely, fun-filled day. :cloud9:

    You're very welcome! I found such strength in those who supported me during my school and want to be there for those who choose the long road to a better job that they love. You're SO CLOSE!!!!

    YAY!!!

    I can't wait to see them! I may bring the one I didn't use from last time. :)

    Me too! Up since 4:30 this morinng and I'm pooped! (Bet you look at that too. ;) )
     
  12. Steppesister

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    Life's given me a lot of ups and downs since 2007 when I joined the DIS, and friends have always been there. Nice to be able to have a place to come to to share.

    I think I might go again this weekend.

    Aw, thanks! I think the weather cooperated just perfectly this time around.

    Universal??

    I'm going to give it a week and see then. :)

    :hug:
     
  13. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    That makes about as much sense as this argument:

    V: Does wood sink in water?
    P1: No
    P3: No. It floats!
    P1: Let's throw her into the bog! (yeah yeah ya!)
    V: What also floats in water?
    P1: Bread
    P3: Apples
    P2: Very small rocks
    (V looks annoyed)
    P1: Cider
    P3: Grape gravy
    P1: Cherries
    P3: Mud
    King: A Duck!
    (all look and stare at king)
    V: Exactly! So, logically...
    P1(thinking): If she ways the same as a duck... she's made of wood!
    V: And therefore,
    (pause & think)
    P3: A witch! (P1: a witch)(P2: a witch)(all: a witch!)

    I generally like a Maguro (tuna nigiri), and a few others, but a tempura shrimp roll is one of my favorites as well as a Spider Roll.

    Another reason I love my Villas, I can make my own. Start it before I put my clothes on and by the time I'm dressed it's ready. Then I can drink it while I help Fran get dressed.
    :hug: That one I can understand. But you needn't think your updates are too long! That's another reason I like my chronological TRs cause I write them as I go along in the trip, all I have to do is insert pictures!

    So was this a cortisone shot? Fran has gotten them in the past to help with her arthritis.

    Well, they weren't little pieces of toilet paper, possibly a 1/4 roll nosebleed. And I got another one last night. Then I got scratched and bled all over my shirt. The dang ibuprofen made my skin so thin that is why my arms are so bruised up.

    I'm here! All you need to do is get yourself here! The Olga suite is always available (with some amount of effort on my part to make it habitable again, boxes everywhere....), but I can hook you up for all the rest once you're here!
     
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  14. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

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    PB?
    Peanut Butter fixes lots of things. Hunger, for one.

    :laughing:

    Impressive!

    Probably a smart move. I've heard those guys can get a little frisky.

    You were saying you thought about the Uber ride costing more on the ride home. Did you do something then? Or?

    ::yes::
     
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  15. Steppesister

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    :rotfl:

    Me too!! But prefer yellowfin even above that. I'll def eat the tempura rolls, don't get me wrong, but love a fresh nigiri if made right.

    I should add, that it's also my morning "ritual" to get up and quickly get dressed and ready and head straight to the food court (okay, maybe 75% of the time?) for a cup of mediocre resort coffee. Then I sip as I ride the bus and at RD. Then when I've hit a couple of rides, I find a place for another cup in the park. But, I didn't want to take the time out on my DC day since it was so darn early.

    I get that too. :) I don't use my phone or anything to write as I go except my notes on my laminated cards. Plus, you never know what mischief my TRs can get me in. ;)

    Yes, into C 6-7. OUCHIE! Hurts a bit more today, so still waiting for it to kick in.

    Oh, well, that's a whole different story! And.... another one?! :faint: I'd say that you're maybe on a bit too much NSAID... I was taking high doses of Naproxen for my neck when it first happened and turned into a gigantic walking bruise as well and had to stop. I didn't want to risk internal bleeding too.

    Tepmpting! Very, very tempting! I am going to San Fran with Anara next weekend and we plan to hit up the Disney Family Museum while there. But maybe a quick 3 day weekend sooner than later would be fun! Maybe @jedijill can pop over too. :wave:
     
  16. Steppesister

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    They might make me jump through hoops. I don't do that. Come to think of it. I don't jump.

    OH, right. No, I didn't do anything different, just hoped it'd be smooth sailing.
     
  17. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

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    No nude jumping. Got it.

    Ah
     
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  18. Malia78

    Malia78 Flotsam and Jetsam

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    Deal!
     
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  19. Steppesister

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    W is for Wonderful, Wet, Watery World!- Pt. 2


    Sauntering on…


    After my delightful swim with the percoids, it was time to take another dip Somewhere Beyond the Sea filled with all manner of fishies from tiny to huge. I carefully chose my perch that would serve to recline my lazy carcass in between dips, laid out my towel, and headed off with mask and snorkel to the warm lagoon.

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    The crowds were not horrible and there was plenty of room to roam, but it was decidedly busier than an hour before. Nevertheless, there was an amazing, beautiful array of colors and shapes against the bright faux corals and rocks below me and the bodies that occasionally crossed my path didn't bother me at all.

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    Gliding beneath me were rays, sharks, a huge variety of tropical fish, and the occasional humanoid. But, as warm as the water was, I did explore in chunks. Each time I took a little breather (yes, I do know how to use a snorkel and was breathing in the water too) I basked under the Florida sun with a breeze blowing over me. There is not much else that is so utterly relaxing. Especially when one has a slushie drink in hand and readily available snacks. I particularly enjoyed the plantain chips, but all kinds of chips, nuts, fruit, granola bars, ice cream, and other snacks were available at several locations throughout the park. Towel stations were also placed around the beaches and locker rooms as well.

    I think I ended up going in the Grand Lagoon 3 different times for swims before lunch and managed to get some decent photos of my new friends. I know there are quite a few and limiting them to the best outtakes took some doing, so enjoy!

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    I found these two planning a bust out and distinctly heard them using the Orca dialect. I hope they make it.

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    Fish are friends, unless they are lunch. Speaking of which, well… this happened. Oopsies.

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    Again, the food wasn’t stellar, but it was decent and did what it needed to. I chose salmon, salad, and a bit of mac-n-cheese only to see what it tasted like. It was NOT 8 Spoons Mac and Cheese.


    While my swims with aquatica were indeed incredible, it was not my favorite part of the day. So, continue to stay tuned and maybe, just maybe, I will post the final chapter of My Day at Discovery Cove later this weekend. Until then, just keep swimming, just keep swimming...
     
  20. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    Actually, I've been off the Ibuprofen for nearly three months, only Curcumin for pain now. But my skin is still rice paper thin. I've been taking collagen, but it doesn't seem to be doing a whole lot.

    Jill has already got two of them planned! One next weekend and one in March!
     
  21. Steppesister

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    Huh! 3 months is a bit of time, but maybe it'll just take more to get that healthy skin back. Maybe a multi with extra B, C and E? I've not heard of Curcumin before... but will look it up. :)

    Hm, March, you say?
     

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