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Old 03-17-2009, 11:56 PM   #16
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Lovin' your trip report . The pictures you took were great! I'd love to get to be at the MK right when it opens. Someday...
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i came JUST to "hug" your kewl trip report, as requested.
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I am loving this trip report!

I just have to comment on a few things:

- I must admit to looking for myself and kids in your pictures...we were there the same time (didn't see us, though )

- We always call it the "People Mover" too

- My brother and I (and now my kids and I) always joke about the "No Dancing" sign, and we take a picture of one each trip

- I love the picture of the Riverboat with the Haunted Mansion in the background

- Yes, your parents are adorable

- I can relate to tearing up at the MK opening...I put on my sunglasses so my kids wouldn't see

- We also take a picture on the bridge going to Adventureland every trip...started when I was a kid, and now I take pictures there of my kids

Can't wait for more!
Ohhh did you not go until the end of Jan? I thought you were there at the beginning of Jan... That's neat that you take pictures on the bridge too! I've never "met" anyone else who's done that!

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Old 03-18-2009, 08:54 AM   #18
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Day 2, Part 3!

It was right around lunch time, so we headed over to the AK. If you followed my Dining Report, you know we planned things around food this trip. We wanted to try Yak & Yeti CS for lunch, which meant splitting up our day. (French Toast Loaf in the morning, Y&Y for lunch, check.)

We got there, and no one was in the parking lot of AK. It was a free-for-all. First sign of "cut backs" I had seen in the parks, and not a very safe one!! Since we weren't really hungry yet, the plan was for my parents to do Bug's Life and me to run to get FP's for Everest. (I hate Bug's Life. With a passion.) I took some pictures along the way...











I met back up with my parents, did some perusing in the stores, and then...well, we still weren't that hungry Apparently we had a filling breakfast My Dad offered up the suggestion that we get pretzels for lunch (He really likes pretzels.) But we decided to give Yak & Yeti a shot anyway, we'd just do some splitting. It was very tasty! Then we headed over to see Festival of the Lion King. Ohhh I love this show. We arrived just in time and sneaked in the back. After the show was done, we still had some time to kill before our FPs were up. Here's a disclaimer: the AK is not our cup of tea. My brother likes it, he's an "animal person." The rest of us? Ehhh, we come every now and then.

So we meandered around, explored a bit, I did a mini photo shoot (there's a bunch I'm not showing!)















We finally started to make our way back over to Everest...




Rode Everest (always a good time!) And wandered some more...this really isn't our park





To be continued...

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Old 03-18-2009, 09:07 AM   #19
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Day 2, Part 4!

Sorry, I almost ran out of room for pictures

At about 3:30 we found ourselves back in front of the Tree of Life, pondering...what to do next My Mom noticed the tape on the ground and said, "Hey! Is there going to be a parade?!" Actually yes...in a half hour. Sounds good! So we plopped ourselves down. Shocker: we had never seen the parade at the AK...go figure The pictures aren't spectacular because of the sun, but I'll share a few











We really liked this parade. I mean, no joke, it's probably my favorite. Which is kind of ironic I think.

So we headed out with the masses to the car. We had big plans tonight...





We're huge Parrottheads in my family, so we needed to make a pilgrimage. We headed over to CityWalk at Universal (the Devil's playground ) and had a little time to kill before our reservation. I don't care what anyone says, I like DTD much better. CityWalk bores me.







After I had my raspberry margaritas and cheeseburger we headed back to the condo. It was an early night, but we were happy

Next: A full day at Epcot!

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Old 03-18-2009, 09:33 AM   #20
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Great report!

I'll have to remember to do this after our June trip.


Do you think the crowds were down because of the time of year, the economy, or a little of both?
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Great report!

I'll have to remember to do this after our June trip.


Do you think the crowds were down because of the time of year, the economy, or a little of both?
Yes! I demand a trip report

We go this time of year all the time, same week. I really didn't feel a huge difference in the size of the crowds. We were able to do a lot in the morning at the MK because we got there right at opening. But other than that, the crowds were pretty steady, still loads lighter than the summertime, but that's normal for this time of year. Honestly? I didn't see the effects of the economy while I was down there, especially at DTD. Loads of people were out. IMO, people are still traveling & spending, but they might be cutting back when they do...limiting their souvenirs, eating more CS than sit down, etc etc. But that's just my opinion
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Day 3

We got off to a late start this morning. Nice because it was already warm by the time we got started! It was going to get up to 80! Now...notice how my Dad's dressed...


Yes. Long sleeves. He has Florida blood now Anyways, so obviously we were off to Epcot this morning. We had some good parking Karma going today. You know when you drive in and you notice that hey! We're getting close to the end of a row...we're either going to get really lucky, or get the shaft. Well this week we tended to get really lucky! It was the second lot back, but I think the second row? And right on the end (seriously 2 cars in...so close! ) Once in the park we immediately headed towards Soarin to get our FP's for the day. Then we headed back to start our stroll around the countries...



As I mentioned a ways back, my brother is studying abroad right now, he's in London. Apparently the first week he was there he went to use a payphone which has ads on it for "ladies of the night." There was a...ahem...gentleman? standing next to the payphone who asked if he was "looking for a tart?" Of course he said it with a very heavy accent so my brother didn't understand him the first time and said, "excuse me?" So he repeated. "Are you looking for a tart?" In London apparently a tart=a lady of the night. So my brother goes, "NO! no! I just need to make a call!" So that's the story behind this photo:



My Dad was "looking for a tart." Yeah...we're weird.




(I love this picture, can't you just see what a glorious day it was!)

So I had made an ADR for 1215 at Tokyo Dining. My Aunt, Uncle, & Cousin were staying with us at the Condo, but most days we were doing our own thing. But...my parents don't do sushi (I just recently started.) So my Uncle & Cousin joined me...



Afterward we all met back up for the first showing of the Voices of Liberty at the American Pavilion. The one gentleman who has worked there forever was standing in the middle and talking about the different things you can find in the building. It was very interesting. We keep joking that when my Dad retires he's going to have to work at the American Pavilion because he was so into what this guy was saying (btw...anyone know his name??) And it got to the point where he was pointing things out to other guests! He could also probably stand there and listen to the Voices of Liberty all day. Then of course we did the American Adventure.

Our plan for the day was to catch the Voices of Liberty (either the show that we saw or the next one) and then it was tasty beverage time. So my Mom and I were excited, we really planned on seeing the next one, so our tasty beverage schedule had just been moved up

Off to France!


We each got one of these, my Dad plopped us down at a table where we people watched and he went over to Germany to get himself a pretzel. (Anyone surprised? ) Oh, and I forgot to mention, they had lunch with my Aunt in England, they got some Fish & Chips. What was funny is when we were all talking my Mom got real excited and she goes, "I know what I want for lunch!" And I looked at her and went, "Fish and Chips?" She started laughing and went, YEP! My Dad's just looking at me like ...finally he asked how I knew When my Mom and I went for the day right after Christmas (my brother and him had to work, so my Mom and I went to Epcot ) She really wanted Fish & Chips but I was really not feeling greasy and we were over in the Land when it was lunch time, so she gave up her Fish & Chips for my stomach and for timing.

Anyway...where was I?

Right! Tasty beverages... So my Dad took a journey to Germany for a pretzel. My Mom and I were getting a tan and people watching...




A nice lady took this picture for us after seeing us try to do a self shot that didn't turn out that great...






When my Dad came back I started to realize that the combination of a light lunch (sushi is tasty and light...not really a good drinking food!!) the heat, and the alcohol...well, I was feeling a little lightheaded. We also discovered that my drink was stronger than my Mom's, which is weird since they come out of a machine!! So I needed a snack...luckily the patisserie was right around the corner and this beauty caught my eye:



Mmmm perfection! After our "snacks" we strolled the WS a bit, pulled my Dad in the opposite direction of China so we didn't have to sit/stand through that movie.

Then we were headed back towards Future World...

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Great report! Love all the pictures.
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What a wonderful report! I'm so glad you were bored, LOL. Your mom and dad are a very attractive couple. I have to agree with your dad about the coffee. I love coffee, and that Nescafe crap makes me want to puke. We usually bring our own coffee to keep in the room, but sometimes I have to resort to that Nescafe crap if we are out in the parks.

My uncle introduced us to WDW back in 85. He had gone every year since it opened, by himself, and was an avid photographer. The reason I'm telling you this is because he too, like your dad, loved "It's A Small World". I have no idea why, but we have a million pictures of it.

Right now I'm so wishing I had those fish n chips from the UK. I love them. When we were living in Florida a few years ago, we'd head over to Epcot during a low season time, and I'd get the fish n chips and then go sit down by the water, on a bench, eating my treat, and it was so beautiful and peaceful.

Can't wait for the rest of your report!
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What a wonderful report! I'm so glad you were bored, LOL. Your mom and dad are a very attractive couple. I have to agree with your dad about the coffee. I love coffee, and that Nescafe crap makes me want to puke. We usually bring our own coffee to keep in the room, but sometimes I have to resort to that Nescafe crap if we are out in the parks.

My uncle introduced us to WDW back in 85. He had gone every year since it opened, by himself, and was an avid photographer. The reason I'm telling you this is because he too, like your dad, loved "It's A Small World". I have no idea why, but we have a million pictures of it.

Right now I'm so wishing I had those fish n chips from the UK. I love them. When we were living in Florida a few years ago, we'd head over to Epcot during a low season time, and I'd get the fish n chips and then go sit down by the water, on a bench, eating my treat, and it was so beautiful and peaceful.

Can't wait for the rest of your report!
Even though I'm usually not a fan of fish & chips (if it's hot, I don't want greasy food...I make an exception for Corn Dog Nuggets because they're not real greasy!) I could really go for some right now too!!

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Day 3, part 2!

We headed back out towards Future World, those FPs for Soarin' were burning a hole in our pockets! After Soarin' we did Journey Into Imagination with Figment! (My favorite! I love Figment ) And of course Test Track.

After that we headed back out towards the front of the park. We left the jackets in the car so we wouldn't have to carry them all day, but we knew we'd need them in the evening. With our awesome parking spot, this certainly wasn't a problem today!! We rode Spaceship Earth, then my Dad went out for the jackets...







(I took these while we were waiting for my Dad.)








When he got back, we rode Spaceship Earth again (there was no line! Yippie! Always, always come back to this ride, never hit it as soon as you come in!) This time, I hit French as my language so I didn't have to listen to Dame Judy Dench. Don't get me wrong, she's nice and all, but they should have a "Jeremy Irons" button.

We still had some time to kill before dinner at Bistro de Paris (or as my Mom kept calling it...Bistro de France or Chefs de Paris...) So we wandered a bit.

I tried some artsy shots, but I don't do so well with nighttime/dusk shots.





We reached France with about a half hour before our ADR. We decided that since we weren't overly hungry yet, we'd just pop a squat on a bench and people watch (have you caught on yet that it's one of our favorite pasttimes?...especially at WDW!)



I switched shoes for dinner...hey...I ain't no crazy! I might wear a dress to the park (cotton, I might add.) But I wore flip flops til dinner. Then I changed into low heels. My feet still hated me, but I didn't feel right wearing my Croc flip clops into Bistro, kwim?

Anyways...as we were people watching, there were some shady dealings goin down at Chefs. Next thing there were some security people (some "plain clothes") standing around the perimeter. We never figured out exactly what they were there for, but it was mighty fishy I tell you. So the security people started leaving and it was about 10 minutes before our ADR, we thought, "why don't we check in now..." Which would lead us right by the entrance of Chefs. Still didn't see anything. Oh well.

So we checked in for our meal at Bistro, which I could go on and on about, it was wonderful (check out my Dining Report for full details.) They have tables right along the window so you can see Illumniations. From where we were seated we could kind of see it, but it wasn't a big deal to us. As far as we're concerned, if we want to see Illumniations, we won't schedule dinner during it! (Just our POV.) We had an awesome waiter at Bistro too. Kinda wish my brother was there because he speaks fluent French and that would have been really neat, but alas, he's gallivanting through England.

We were done dinner just as Illuminations was over. I was starting to get a migraine and all the smoke was blowing right over the International Gateway, so we took the long way back around to the front of the park. Turned out to be good. The fresh air helped my head and we walked off some of dinner

Oh, for the record, this is why I don't take night shots and you don't see any from me:



Next up: Hollywood Studios (probably not til Wednesday!)

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How was the new Spaceship Earth? It was still under renovations last time we were there.
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How was the new Spaceship Earth? It was still under renovations last time we were there.
I like it. I enjoy the end. You can definitely tell the sponsor went from a communications based company to a technology based one though. And I really miss Jeremy Irons. But ya know, things change. I wish they'd change the smell of Rome burning, it gives me an instant headache (I have to hold my breath!) It's still a classic ride though!!
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I tried some artsy shots, but I don't do so well with nighttime/dusk shots.



I don't know what you're thinking!! This shot is absolutely beautiful! You should post it on the PTOD Thread!
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I don't know what you're thinking!! This shot is absolutely beautiful! You should post it on the PTOD Thread!
I agree! It's a great pic! I just went through my pics from the last few trips, and I didn't have any of the SE at dusk. Just a few closer shots in full daylight, or later night with lights.

I usually take so many as to make it cumbersome to sift through the find the really good ones.
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