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Old 09-20-2012, 07:31 PM   #136
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Great update, that's stupid about the passport. Yes, I am going to take my passport with me where I may potentially get drunk and lose it or have it stolen and have to worry about organising an emergency one while on holiday to be able to get home.

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That is exactly what I said! I always leave my passport locked up in the hotel safe while I'm at Disney (or anywhere, for that matter). Carrying it around, especially to a nightclub, just feels irresponsible. Oh well.
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Old 09-20-2012, 07:37 PM   #137
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Site Visit TR - Day Five

Day Five:

Around today is when we started to hear a lot more things about the approach of Hurricane Isaac as I recall. My memories of all this is a tad bit hazy. It was coming and it was supposed to hit on Monday - the day of our site visit - obviously. It was already shaping up to be the rainiest trip I'd been on in quite a long time and the prospect of yet more rain - heavy, heavy rain - was not really all that pleasing. Nevertheless, I tried not to worry about it too much and just enjoy the trip as it happened, come what may.

That day we started out in Hollywood Studios. I rode Rocking Roller Coaster while DF went to get Toy Store fastpasses and then we both met out front of Tower of Terror. I rode it twice in a row while DF took pictures of, yes, our yeti kitten - among the theming. My favourite ride, I think I may have rode it again later in the day, but I'm not positive. Can't get enough!



Right around now is when the Halloween decorations started to really come out in full force. Although, it really is subtle how they put them out slowly that you almost don't notice they're there. Anyway, I was glad to get the little sneak peak to tide me over until I can eventually make out to WDW during the full Halloween season.



After that we wandered around DHS in the direction of Star Tours. The park was still pretty empty and it wasn't unbearably hot yet, so it was nice to just sort of stroll along and take in some of the theming. I rode Star Tours on my own, so DF had to take my word for it that I was the "Rebel Spy" on my galaxy tour. Which was awesome! But I had enjoy it on my own, which I think we were both disappointed about. And of course, no photo either, because I'd already stowed my camera along with my Ewok.



After that DF wanted to meet Phineas and Ferb. We both love the show and the last time we were at Disney there had been no Phineas and Ferb merch in sight.



DF wants to be Doofenshmirtz for Halloween. He thinks I'm going to make him a lab coat (Ahaha! no).



We did this thing on the Backlot Tour, which was such a loooong wait.



By the time we got out the wait time was 10 minutes. We had to have been in there at least 45 minutes. So, obviously the new time wasn't based on our... card thing. Yeah.

I often think to myself if my family has only one day to go to one park which one should I recommend to them. I have to say I always want to say Magic Kingdom, but I think that Hollywood Studios would probably be the more realistic choice. No one in my family loves Disney in any way close to the way I do. They do like thrill rides and special effects and actions movies. They have so many of those things at Hollywood Studios. Anyway that's a thought I've been having a lot while working on these invitations. That is, what sort of additional questions they may spark.

We wandered around a bit more after the Backlot and made our way to Fairfax Faire. We usually decide on which Quick Service places we're going to go to way ahead of our trip. Sometimes we don't keep to the plan, but since last time we were in DHS at lunch (a year ago) we skipped our QS pre-choice and regretted it. Today I was adamant we keep to the plan.



DF had the salad (inasmuch as it was lettuce in a bowl, since it had taco meat and cheese piled on top, making it just barely definable as a salad) and I had the hot dog, mostly because I wanted the coleslaw. By the end of the trip I'd had my full of hot dogs for a long while. Of course the day after we got home, my parents invited us to have dinner all together and what did they make? Yep.

Finally it was time for the Toy Story fastpasses. I quite like the ride though I can't imagine ever waiting 120 minutes to ride it (yet I've seen the wait time length frequently for this ride). It is a little twirly and jarring, but DF isn't as affected because of the concentration involved in the video game aspect. Pew pew pew!



I don't know how good we are compared to the average rider, all I know is that I can never beat DF. One day, though. One day....



After TSM we went in the Magic of Disney Animation. I love this attraction. DF oogled happily at "Wreck it Ralph" production materials. He's gonna wreck it!



Then we did one of my favourite things, the "Which Disney Character Are You Most Like" Quiz. Every time I play this I get a different character. I've gotten Belle, Ariel and Nala. Every time DF plays he gets the same character...

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Old 09-20-2012, 07:45 PM   #138
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Site Visit TR - Day Five (Part II)

Day Five - Part Two

After a quick rest back at the hotel, we headed out to Magic Kingdom to have some fun before our res at California Grill. DF and I decided we would celebrate this meal as our 6th year anniversary, so we dressed up a little. I really love dressing up at the parks, but I always wonder why I get strange looks from others when I do. Seriously, is there something wrong with dressing up on vacation? Anyway we got on a few rides, got a few character photos and a few photopass photos. It was a very nice early evening.





Then we headed over to the Contemporary, wandered around gift shops a bit and then headed up to check into the restaurant.

It was our first time at the California Grill, and given the upcoming renovations, our last in its original incarnation. Our server was amazing: very cheerful and very knowledgeable with many recommendations. We went early to try to get a table by the window, but they were already all accounted for. Nevertheless we got a table that was still quite a good view of the castle. (Especially once the two tables in front of our view cleared out).



We ordered champagne because was our anniversary, and I can never say no to champagne. The Fairy Tale Cuvee was a bit dry for my liking, but certainly not the driest I've had.



Okay, I didn't expect this trip report to get quite so long, but unfortunately I can't start cutting it shorter at this point. This was definitely the most amazing meal we've ever had at Disney World. Both DF and I hadn't tried out California Grill before because we thought, really, how fantastic can it be? But it was. The food was amazing, the atmosphere was lovely, and just the whole thing was perfect. I am very interested to see what they will do to improve on this once the renovations are completed. Even though we were doing the Dining Plan we both decided to go for appetizers. DF is the kind of person that will always choose an appetizer over a dessert, so I know he feels a little forced to eat things he doesn't like with the dining plan the way it is currently structured.

I had the Summer Lobster Salad. Avocado plus watermelon (plus lobster), this is a combination made in heaven and the taste was fabulous. I loved all the different ways to eat this and get different flavours with every bite.



DF had the Spicy Kazan Roll, because I told him that California Grill was known for sushi. I think he was skeptical. But those rolls were amazing. (I admit, he took the tuna out of the one I tasted - because I don't eat fish - so I didn't get the full effect, but it was still some of the best sushi I've ever had.) It was also a surprisingly large portion.



For the main course, I had the scallops with corn risotto. It was amazingly good too. Though if I had to choose I would say it was the weakest part of the meal. It seems to me there isn't enough contrast in flavour between scallops and corn and rice, and it's all quite rich. But it was still great and I tried not to lick the bowl clean.



DF had the Veal Chop. He said it was great, perfectly cooked, though the plate could have used a some kind of tart flavour to cut the savouriness. But that's what champagne's for!



We had a pretty late reservation. I think it was 9:00pm, although we were seated early. As soon as the mains were cleared it was about time to go out and watch the fireworks. Going out and watching them was the highlight of the dinner, it was really amazing, and it had both DF and dreaming about staying at the Contemporary or Bay Lake Tower one day in the future. I resisted taking photos until the very climax of Wishes, so I could just enjoy it, but I needed a least one from that spectacular view!



After the fireworks we went back in for dessert. I had the Valrhona Chocolate Cake and DF had the cheese plate. My dessert was nothing short of heavenly, and even though I was entirely full of food and champagne I ate every last bite and it was glorious.







After that we made it all the way down to the front entrance and took a cab back to CBR. It was a bit of a wait and a bit more money than we'd expected, but it was entirely worth it to end the day being delivered to our room door and not crammed on a Disney bus. Also, taking cabs at Disney is pretty addicting, I'm trying to not let it become a habit.
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Old 09-24-2012, 10:34 AM   #139
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Site Visit TR - Day Six

We heard from our planner/assistant on Friday! So excited that we are finally moving to the next stage! And hey, we've past our 10 month mark, so only single digit months left to go! Haha!

Also, I promise I actually did have a site visit on this trip, it's coming up in the next post!


Day Six:

We got up late and decided at the bus stop we were going to Epcot, but if the MK bus came first we'd go there first and get Sorcerer cards. Lo and behold the MK bus DID come first so off we went. We got our cards and then took the monorail to Epcot. Despite the travel time, it was nice and relaxing to do something spontaneous. When we got to Epcot we headed straight to Sunshine Seasons for brunch/lunch. It's pretty easily one of - if not our - favourite quick service restaurant at WDW.



And I really love the strawberry shortcake! After lunch DF got fastpasses for Soarin'. They were for us to use when we came back later for our dinner reservation, but I'll come back to that later.

We rode the Journey into Imagination ride, which is just so insane, but it was a walk-on, so why not! Apparently journeying into your imagination is not something a lot of people care to do. That, or they find Figment to be shrill and abrasive. Or both! Then we went to Innoventions. We really always skip this, but we were keeping the day relaxed and slow and trying to do a lot of unique things. We did the piggy bank game (awesome, and we learned stuff), tried out the Brave video game, starred in our own video game (that was very cool!) and then designed our own roller coaster, which I rode alone.









While we were in Innoventions there was a torrential downpour happening outside. So we headed out when the rain calmed down a bit and went back to CBR for a rest and a shower before dinner.

Originally we had made a reservation for Bistro de Paris. We got an email a few months before the trip because the Bistro was going to be closed during our trip so they made us a new reservations at Chefs de France for the same time, same day. While we were in WDW, DF pointed out we'd never planned to eat at Chefs de France, so maybe we'd rather cancel that reservation and make our own somewhere else. I decided I wanted to eat at San Angel Inn. I love the atmosphere of being right next to the ride, and it's the Three Caballeros ride, and I love the Three Caballeros... we made the change.

For this trip I actually made a green polka dot dress which was inspired by Jose Carioca from Three Caballeros. I was excited to wear it at San Angel Inn once we made the decision. I even had a yellow blazer to wear with it, but in the end didn't wear it, because I didn't want it to get rained on.



The food and drinks (avocado margarita and jalapeno margarita for DF) was fabulous. There are no decent Mexican restaurants near where we live and the ones that are here don't have any of similar offerings to the San Angel Inn menu. After dinner we rode the Three Caballeros ride a few times (no line!) and then headed back to CBR to call it a night.

On the way out we got a few photopass photos and had a fun discussion with our photopass photographer about why Tokyo Disney has so much more cute merchandise than the American parks. And this is what sparked the conversation...



DF gave this to me for my birthday (more or less) and he bought it off Ebay. Disney could easily have had that money directly from us if they sold this super cute stuff at WDW. Also Shellie May. Heaven help my wallet whenever DF and I manage to plan a trip Tokyo Disneyland. DF's scared. He should be.
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Site Visit TR - Day Seven (The actual Site Visit Day!)

Day Seven:

The reason we called it a night early the day before (we left before Illuminations) was because we needed to be at Franck's at 9:30 am today for our site visit. Finally, I know. I wouldn't have scheduled the meeting for the last full day of our trip either, but what can you do.

It was torrential pouring rain outside because of Hurricane Isaac. We left quite early to take the bus to MK then the monorail around to the GF. Honestly, it was the first time we'd ever been near a park before rope drop. When we got to the GF we bought our first ever ponchos and boy did we need them! We got lost walking to Franck's, of course, because DF led us into the pool area. I was following him thinking, I've never seen a Disney Bride need to walk through a pool area... I'm fairly sure we wouldn't have made that error if it hadn't been raining. As it was we could barely see ahead of us and we were walking with our eyes downcast. Eventually we made it! We quickly shed our ponchos and headed in.



The wedding pavilion in torrential rain:



We were seated over in this corner and this was our view:



I saw another couple head into one of the meeting rooms while we were seated there and I heard at least one other couple was getting married on that day, and saw a cake being delivered too. (I'm pretty sure a couple of these ladies were fellow DISbrides, but I have no idea who. So if anyone out there was also at Franck's in the morning on August 27th: Hiya, we were sitting in the corner! Haha.) Anyway, It's pretty amazing how much goes on there!

((Just as a heads up, even though we are officially finished working with our consultant I'm not going to name any names in my PJ, at least not at this time and probably not until after the wedding, if ever. If anyone is really curious, feel free to PM me and I'll definitely consider providing more information.))

Okay, so our consultant arrived and sat down with us for a chat about our wedding. She asked us about our inspiration; what kind of feel we were going for; if we'd thought about transportation, a first-look, characters, colours and such. We talked generally about those items for awhile, and it was really nice to finally start talking about it with someone, even if it came to nothing.

We had only a rough idea of our room block numbers at the time, so she advised us on that a little bit too. I believe she suggested we block 62 room nights. (With 62, we need to guarantee that 50 nights are filled, but that number can be dropped to 25 nights later on, which is the amount you need for the complimentary room night.)

I don't recall if I've mentioned this officially, but for our room block we choose Pop Century ($129), Caribbean Beach ($167), Boardwalk Inn ($270) and Grand Floridian ($343) - in case anyone is curious what the room block prices look like in late July 2013. In our actual room block, which we submitted a few days after our site visit, we blocked 89 room nights since NONE of our guests are local or DVC and many will probably have to stay at least three nights.

Anyway back to the site visit. After our chat our consultant asked if we still wanted to brave the weather and see the sites. Of course! We travelled 2,000km, what's a little rain! She drove us backstage to Epcot, and dropped us off at the sidewalk behind France while she parked her car in the mud and then picked her way back to us through foot deep puddles in high heels. Oh boy, did I feel so guilty. But she did it all with a smile. DF said after watching this he was totally alleviated of any worry about the wedding, he could see they were willing to provide good service no matter what. Our consultant most certainly was!

It was still before 11:00am so World Showcase was empty except for a couple CMs walking around and getting ready. She gave DF and I each our own DFTW umbrella, which was awesome, so we didn't need to put the ponchos on again. Although with the heavy rain and winds, DF's huge DFTW umbrella still was turned inside out and there was a little scramble as he, our consultant and I did our best to turn it right again before he got totally soaked.

First thing we went to see Bistro de Paris. To be honest, I was pretty shocked that we were able to see it at all. I knew it was closed for a total refurbishment and to be honest I'm still pretty ambivalent about this. For example, should I even write "Bistro de Paris" in my invitation, because they're going to rename it and it won't ever be called "Bistro de Paris" again.

We went in and were able to see the space for the first time. I love the space, it was mostly still the same as the photos I've seen of it, except the tables were stacked by the windows and a couple things were starting to be pulled apart. Our consultant never said I couldn't take pictures, but I didn't bother because it's going to look completely different anyway. The actual space and windows and layout was really lovely though, and I think I've accepted no matter what Disney does to it, it's still going to be beautiful and perfect. It was worth the trip to allay that fear (although to be fair, we made the trip plans before I knew I'd have fears that needed calming).

Next we headed to France Lower/Eau de France to check out the DP view. It really is fantastic. There are the trees in the view, but I think it's still perfect. I may need to ask someone who has used Eau de France, but I do find it a little interesting (by which I mean strange) that people will be looking down at us during our DP. I hope there's no one obnoxious up there... I guess Disney would take care of it, if it came to that.

Lastly we went to have a look around Morocco. The option to have the ceremony in the little temple area would be nice, but looks like it will be too small for our numbers, and our consultant pointed out, probably much hotter in July than out in the open air. We also looked at the back alley area near the restaurant Marrakesh, but it's just not as dramatic as standing out front with the fountain and the big archway.

On the drive out our consultant gave us a mini "tour" of things going on. It really was amazing. She didn't have to say anything, but there she was giving like, a free backstage tour. I can't say enough good things about our consultant, she was absolutely lovely to meet and work with (even though I was a little too shy to contribute much, I hope she understood that) and we couldn't have been more happy.

On the way back she dropped us off at the Poly, where we grabbed a quick bite at Capt. Cook's and DF and I discussed the experience and how we'd spend the rest of the day.
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Site Visit TR - Day Seven (Part II)

Day Seven - Part Two

Now wouldn't you know it, while we were eating lunch at Capt. Cook's the rain cleared up and didn't really start back up for the rest of the day. We'd been thinking we were going to go back to CBR after the site visit to drop off the stuff our consultant gave us, but with the rain stopped and both of us really happy and excited from the very successful site visit, we decided to forget about the plans and go to MK for the rest of the day.

We did the Hall of Presidents. Before we left my dad asked me if it was still there, because the last time he'd gone on it was in the '80s and he has a bunch of pictures from it for some reason. So I decided we should go watch it and get a couple new photos for my dad. I'm not an American, but it's a quite good show, very stirring. Then we rode the Liberty Belle, another thing we'd never done before. It was quite a nice ride, relaxing and fun to see more of Disney that I'd never seen before. Also waving to people on Big Thunder Mountain and seeing how many people wave back! Quite a few, I was surprised!



From the Liberty Belle we saw there were no people in line in the graveyard of Haunted Mansion, so we decided we should head over there quickly and check that out for the first time.







We rode Haunted Mansion a lot on this trip. I'm pretty sure it's DF's favourite ride and obviously I love it too. We were probably on there a good six times. Next we did Philharmagic, which is another fave and the carousel again. When we exited the carousel they were having the Sword in the Stone ceremony. Apparently I was looking potentially queenly (!)...





But, alas, the sword didn't agree.

After I rode the tea cups by myself. This ride really isn't great on your own. Hopefully during the wedding trip I can drag some BMs on with me. Then DF and I tried the Speedway for the first time, and it was so fun we tried it again right after! DF is obviously the more reckless driver.



We wandered Tomorrowland a bit doing a few more rides and found ourselves in front of the castle in time for the show. So we grabbed a spot and watched that for the first time too. I can never say no to dancing princesses, seriously.



We did a few more rides in Tomorrowland and then Adventureland (sang A Whole New World on the flying carpets a little bit) afterwards, then headed back to Main Street for our res at Tony's Town Square. Oh my goodness, the place was packed and there was a line to check in and there was nowhere to stand while waiting for our name to be called. Luckily we didn't have to wait long.

I had spaghetti with sausage and DF had the seafood pasta. But we had to get this out of the way, because where else would you do it?



I have to say, I unfortunately agree with everything I've ever heard about Tony's Town Square. The food is not great, the service is rushed and it's clear they are doing everything in their power to turn over tables as fast as possible. (DF's take: "Calling it boilerplate Italian food is insulting to Italians, food and boilerplates.") Also the dessert was terrible. I don't really think that I was eating in the restaurant from Lady and the Tramp either. I felt like I was eating in a shrine to Lady and the Tramp. I was quite disappointed. Lady and the Tramp is my dad's favourite movie - the first (and probably only) Disney movie he saw with his mom before she passed away when he was nine - and I reeeeally wanted to recommend this place to my parents. I'm not so sure I can do that without a lot of disclaimers. I wanted to like it, but I didn't. I doubt we'll go back unless they do some kind of overhaul, but why should they bother really.

Anyway, we wanted to end our last night at Disney with Wishes so we headed towards Crystal Palace to grab a spot in that area. Not a fabulous view for the parade, but the fireworks are what I really cared about. We had enough time to take about 400 photos of the castle. Some like this...



And like this...



And this...



And while I was doing that DF was attacked by a duck. Seriously. And not Donald, either, so it wasn't fun and cool, but scary and still sort of cool. Anyhoozle... once the lights dimmed, I put away my camera. Wishes started and I just enjoyed the show. It was the perfect way to end a really amazing day!

All in all, it was an amazing trip, we tried a bunch of new things for the first time, we had a great first experience with DFTW and we have bunch of new information to share with our friends and families who are planning on joining us at our wedding!

And thank you to anyone who read through that report. There was a lot of stuff in there that was not really wedding related, but I really wanted to actually try writing a report before I got to something more important, like the wedding TR. So to anyone who skimmed or skipped, it's all good.

We now return you to our regularly-scheduled wedding planning journal!
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Just joining in...I love your ring! And your super-cute cake toppers! But, most of all, I love your theme...so romantic...and what better place to have it? I would never have thought of the WS Morocco/France connection. It's perfect. Oh and Df and I went to Bistro de Paris on our last trip and it was definitely one of our best experiences.

So excited to see it all come together.
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Just joining in...I love your ring! And your super-cute cake toppers! But, most of all, I love your theme...so romantic...and what better place to have it? I would never have thought of the WS Morocco/France connection. It's perfect. Oh and Df and I went to Bistro de Paris on our last trip and it was definitely one of our best experiences.

So excited to see it all come together.
Thank you so much for all your lovely compliments. I'm so glad to hear positive reviews of Bistro de Paris. Neither DF nor I have ever been and now that it's closed for renovations, our next chance to eat there will be our wedding day!
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Planning Session Plans and Wedding Trip Accommodations

So now that the trip report is out of the way I can get back to the wedding planning.

As I mentioned as some point we were assigned our planner, which was very exciting, and we've already scheduled our planning session. I was a little worried we might not get the time/date we wanted (DF is a teacher so there are only about four days that fall within the 4-6 months before the wedding that we could actually make a trip). But, we asked our planner and we got exactly the date we wanted! Yay! We are officially going back to Disney in March. I am so thrilled I cannot tell you, because I never thought I would ever get to go to Disney anytime other than the summer, and here we are!

Here are our plans so far:
Sunday March 10, 2013:
-Arrive in Orlando and check into Old Key West
-Dinner ADR at Garden Grill

Monday March 11, 2013:
-My birthday (not going to lie I was very excited we could go to WDW for the PS and my birthday)
-Breakfast ADR at Crystal Palace
-Dinner ADR at Mama Melrose (not really my choice... to be honest. But not sure where else to go...)

Tuesday March 12, 2013:
-9:00am Planning Session at Franck's! Yay, yay, yay!
-2:30pm Menu Tasting (Not sure what's going to happen here, because I thought I read Bistro de Paris didn't do menu tastings, but I guess we'll clear that up with our planner soon enough)
-Dinner ADR at Artist Point

Wednesday March 13, 2013:
-Dinner ADR at Be Our Guest (I am SO! excited for this)
-Wishes at 10:00pm

Thursday March 14, 2013:
-Check out
-Head to DTD until it's time for Magical Express
-8:00pm Fly home. Aww.

For our accommodations we decided to try renting DVC points, and boy oh boy is it going to save us a lot: over $1000!!!!! Especially because this trip is going to be during Spring Break, so the resorts rates are insane.

And speaking of DVC we've also booked DVC rooms for the first part of our wedding trip. We are planning on arriving on July 18, which is the Thursday before our Monday wedding.

DF rented a studio at Boardwalk Villas for himself and his Best Man to share, and I think that saved a couple hundred dollars, about $300. Not too shabby.

I convinced my parents to rent a two bedroom villa at Boardwalk Villas. I presented a whole pitch and everything, which my dad thought was pretty entertaining. I was all nervous they were going to shoot me down and say it was crazy, but in the end they agreed that this made sense and went right for it. So we will be using the villa for me, my parents and my two Maids of Honour (and possibly another cousin, but we shall see about that....) to stay in before the wedding. And we will also be using it to host a meet and greet on the Sunday before the wedding. DF (or my dad, we'll see) will probably go somewhere off Disney property and grab some light food and drinks and it'll be a come as you please sort of get together. I hope this plan works. It already has a few little kinks, such as how we will make sure everyone gets room number of this get-together if we won't find out until we arrive in Disney a few days before. I'm hoping this will work itself out.
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Hi Nicole,
Just catching up with all your great updates!

Loved reading your TR! Your photos were fantastic, and it made me wish I was in WDW at the moment! You're a Sunshine Food Fair Strawberry Shortcake lover as well?! It's one of my absolute favorite Disney things! That, Dole Whips, and Grapefruit cake... Haha, guess I have a dessert for almost each park

Adore your Marie umbrella!!!!

Your site visit sounded like it went really well! World showcase will be such a fantastic backdrop to stage your wedding, reception, and dessert party! France and Morroco fit in so perfectly with your theme as well. Can't wait to hear further details once you have your planning session in March. Speaking of which, sounds like you have fantastic itinerary--especially with your dinning reservations! Be Your Guest Restaurant will be so neat to experience!!
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I adore your theme! I just got DF to watch Casablanca a few months ago and he liked it.

I can't wait to see how everything comes together.
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Hi Nicole,
Just catching up with all your great updates!

Loved reading your TR! Your photos were fantastic, and it made me wish I was in WDW at the moment! You're a Sunshine Food Fair Strawberry Shortcake lover as well?! It's one of my absolute favorite Disney things! That, Dole Whips, and Grapefruit cake... Haha, guess I have a dessert for almost each park

Adore your Marie umbrella!!!!

Your site visit sounded like it went really well! World showcase will be such a fantastic backdrop to stage your wedding, reception, and dessert party! France and Morroco fit in so perfectly with your theme as well. Can't wait to hear further details once you have your planning session in March. Speaking of which, sounds like you have fantastic itinerary--especially with your dinning reservations! Be Your Guest Restaurant will be so neat to experience!!
Huge strawberry shortcake lover! Also Dole Whips, love them. I've never tried the Grapefruit cake though, going to have to make time for that one a future trip!

When I suggested Be Our Guest to DF as a dining choice, he was like "Can we do that?" Haha. We're both very excited to try it out.

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I adore your theme! I just got DF to watch Casablanca a few months ago and he liked it.

I can't wait to see how everything comes together.
Thank you!
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