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Old 10-05-2012, 12:38 PM   #16
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*Love* all the photos, especially the SSE one! I also love how big Nanny's smile is while reaching for her Grey Goose Slushie ... hopefully that more than made up for the Beverly! I'm with you, I would be between horrified and fascinated at what the reaction would be and probably wouldn't have said anything, either! Lovely pic of the two of you in the Canada pavillion.

For some inexplicable reason, I am oddly fascinated by the Bopsey-Triplets in the Grey Goose picture ... to the left of Nanny. All wearing ears, all in various stages of walking ...

The cupcake looks amazing, but the sandwich not so good. Too bad your cupcake trail had to end so early, but at least there's a couple more photos to look forward to, I hope.

Poor Nanny getting lost! Goodness - here's a hug for her, too. I hope this day isn't an indication of how things went the entire trip!
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No one wants to read a boring trip report about being happy and skipping through the parks anymore
Oh, I do! When middle daughter and I hit the MK, it really was practically perfect in every way. But I also like variety, especially if I'm not the one who has to live through the bad parts.

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Here's some room pics before we filthed it up:
Yay! Arrival pics!

So does it say something dreadful about me that I way prefer pics taken when people first get to the room to pics of unmade beds and debris?


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This coat rack cracked me up, look how pointless it is.
That is sadly hilarious. Oh, wait, I get it -- it's not a coat rack, it's a hat rack. For all those terribly crushable hats people wear nowadays.


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I did have a corner room, which I love with the two windows. We had one last visit we all went too.
Hmm, this one has double beds. Not sure if my king room theory is gonna hold. On the whole, I think I'd rather have the "corner room" charm than the "close to the center" charm. Too bad you can't swap them out for trips with the elderly!


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I get my first (and only) Mickey bar for the trip for my dessert.
That is one sad-looking Mickey bar.

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Part of the charm for him is that he's a foodie, like me, so he loves the dining/snacks in WDW. DH and Brian are more into being healthy, skipping dessert, or having something minimal
My kids are all about quantity, and don't care about variety, so the SeaWorld dining deal (all you can eat) is exactly their speed. They like WDW food pretty well, but not so much the prices or portion sizes.
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We then went into World showcase and got this pic in the Canadian pavilion.
I love this pic. You guys are adorable, and I really like that setting.

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So here on day 1, I had the Coconut Pineapple cupcake.:


That looks utterly awesome. I love pineapple cupcakes, and hadn't seen that one yet. Clearly, I have been remiss in checking the Cupcake thread.


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I looked at the little girl and said, “Oh, are you going to ride with me, I’m by myself too”. She gave me a totally creeped out look and squeezed her way back to her mother




Apparently, the best way to deal with line cutters is to kill them with kindness. I'll try to remember to suggest that tactic the next time I risk a line cutting thread.


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so she apparently went around to various buildings sliding her card into other people’s doors that she thought could be hers.


I think a fair percentage of people do that. I've heard someone at our door doing that, and I know it wasn't a hopeful thief because someone else from the same room called up tell tell the one at the door they were at the wrong room, and the one at the door said, "I know, but I forgot the room number and was looking for it."

That technique won't work for me when I'm older; our cards fry out with depressing regularity, probably for the same reason I can't wear watches without them going whacked. If I keep the key in my purse and keep that side of the purse opposite me, my odds are much better; tuck it in my pocket for a bit and it's done.

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*Love* all the photos, especially the SSE one! I also love how big Nanny's smile is while reaching for her Grey Goose Slushie ... hopefully that more than made up for the Beverly! I'm with you, I would be between horrified and fascinated at what the reaction would be and probably wouldn't have said anything, either! Lovely pic of the two of you in the Canada pavillion.Thanks! A CM wandering by offered to take it when she saw me taking Nanny's pic

For some inexplicable reason, I am oddly fascinated by the Bopsey-Triplets in the Grey Goose picture ... to the left of Nanny. All wearing ears, all in various stages of walking ... hahaha, I hadn't even noticed them! they look like maybe they were trying to dance or something

The cupcake looks amazing, but the sandwich not so good. Too bad your cupcake trail had to end so early, but at least there's a couple more photos to look forward to, I hope.Yes, the cupcake was very good. I wish I knew what the sandwich looked like before I ordered it, as I definitely wouldn't have gotten it. It was listed as a panini I think and when he reached for this thing I was thinking, hmmm, that's not a panini. Eh, whatever, learn through my mistakes

Poor Nanny getting lost! Goodness - here's a hug for her, too. I hope this day isn't an indication of how things went the entire trip!
I must say, Day one, and the final day were the worst of it. There were some other instances, but they were spread out at least

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Oh, I do! When middle daughter and I hit the MK, it really was practically perfect in every way. But I also like variety, especially if I'm not the one who has to live through the bad parts. I do like to read some of the unfortunate trip reports, more as a learning experience, but also morbid curiousity



Yay! Arrival pics!

So does it say something dreadful about me that I way prefer pics taken when people first get to the room to pics of unmade beds and debris? I'm the same way, which is why I took these as soon as I entered the room




That is sadly hilarious. Oh, wait, I get it -- it's not a coat rack, it's a hat rack. For all those terribly crushable hats people wear nowadays. That's what I was thinking! Either a hat or a very small child's jacket




Hmm, this one has double beds. Not sure if my king room theory is gonna hold. On the whole, I think I'd rather have the "corner room" charm than the "close to the center" charm. Too bad you can't swap them out for trips with the elderly!I've had two different corner rooms here on my three visits, and they were both with two beds. Maybe all king rooms are corners, but not all corners are kings I honestly have no idea, but there are a lot of corner rooms since the buildings are in multiple parts and aren't perfect squares




That is one sad-looking Mickey bar. yes, that was unfortunate



My kids are all about quantity, and don't care about variety, so the SeaWorld dining deal (all you can eat) is exactly their speed. They like WDW food pretty well, but not so much the prices or portion sizes.Yeah, I could see my teen boys being into something like that. I used to be like that too, but now I find myself deciding if something is worth the calories before I eat it, so that no longer works.


I love this pic. You guys are adorable, and I really like that setting. Thanks, the canadian pavilion is absolutely gorgeous

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That looks utterly awesome. I love pineapple cupcakes, and hadn't seen that one yet. Clearly, I have been remiss in checking the Cupcake thread.


[/COLOR][/B]That cupcake thread is awesome, you should get over there and check it out



Apparently, the best way to deal with line cutters is to kill them with kindness. I'll try to remember to suggest that tactic the next time I risk a line cutting thread. Eh, she was just a little kid, it was just funny how she was completely ignoring her mom and her mom couldn't do a thing about it


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I think a fair percentage of people do that. I've heard someone at our door doing that, and I know it wasn't a hopeful thief because someone else from the same room called up tell tell the one at the door they were at the wrong room, and the one at the door said, "I know, but I forgot the room number and was looking for it." Oh my! I don't know what I would do if someone were trying to get in my room I guess if I heard a conversation about it, it wouldn't bother me.

That technique won't work for me when I'm older; our cards fry out with depressing regularity, probably for the same reason I can't wear watches without them going whacked. If I keep the key in my purse and keep that side of the purse opposite me, my odds are much better; tuck it in my pocket for a bit and it's done.
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Day 2, Let the memories begin, part 1

Yeah, I think those memories began yesterday, some Iíd prefer to forget, but Iíll go with it.

Iíve got a lot to report today, it was a busy day. It was much better than Day 1, but not totally without incident.

I woke up at 4am thinking about how Nanny and Pop are so dependant this trip and donít seem capable of dealing with any of this on their own anymore. I canít just let them loose in the magic kingdom with the fastpass plus cards and expect them to have success.

I decide to go on the ipad and change all of our fastpass plus stuff to be the same and I will stay with them until noon. I get back to sleep and wake up at 7am. I have my skoolbread and coffee made in my room. I got a chocolate milk to keep in the fridge to use as a creamer, this works quite well to camouflage the taste.

Pop is feeling better, he went to the giftshop the previous night to get some immodium (and apparently got lost again on his way back), but heís up for the challenge today.

A quick word about our fastpass plus cards. Since there are 4 people registered in my room, I had 4 cards and Nanny and Pop each had one, so I spread them out and we each ended up having 2 cards, so 8 choices each. This was like a dream come true. I planned all our rides to be in order so we could just make a loop around instead of a bunch of running back and forth. This was so convenient. Eight choices was a bit much as we didnít use them all, but 4 would be perfect. We ended up not getting a single regular fastpass since it just wasnít needed. Overall, I really liked this a lot. It was very convenient to just go on the computer and change our times. You just swipe your card at each location, and enter the line. Extremely convenient.

Here is what they looked like


We left our rooms at 8 and got to the Magic kingdom with plenty of time. I showed them the boat dock to the Grand Floridian where we will meet at 4:45 to head over for our dinner at Narcoossees. We watched the opening show, took some photos


Look at Nanny's toes, she had Mickey and Minnie painted on. They are a little anime looking, but still cute.


We head in, have some photopass photos done, and go see Mickey and Minnie with our fastpass plus cards (Iíll just put FP+ when we use these). As we were leaving Pop says with a big smile ďthat was really cute, you know all the best stuff to doĒ. Here's an adorable pic of them with Mickey and Minnie


Oh, and here's me


Then we went to the firehouse to get the Sorcerers cards. As we were leaving Pop was so excited but was wondering why I only got one key, shouldnít we each have one? Nope, I donít think I can handle all three of us doing this. Pop, you can have the key.

We head out and get right on the train and take it to frontierland. We get off and ride Pirates, Jungle cruise (FP+), get a Dole Whip (rootbeer float for me please)


The sorcerers cards have Pop going to a place by the Diamond horseshoe, so I leave them there at the portal while I go 30 feet away to the bathroom. When I came out, Pop was complaining that it didnít work, nothing happened. Iím guessing he did something wrong, canít leave them alone for a minute Then Pop and I ride splash mtn (FP+) Nanny is afraid of heights so she never rides this. Then we went to Haunted Mansion (FP+).

When we entered the Stretching room, the CM kept telling everyone to move all the way in. I guess since we were just outside Popís eyes hadnít adjusted and he walked full force into the wall. He was fine and laughed about it, so I didnít feel bad laughing too.

We went to small world, then Peter Pan (FP+). They had FP+ for Buzz lightyear and I was planning to head out to Art of Animation. It was about 12:15 now, so I walked with them to the hub and pointed them in the right direction. Nanny was nervous because their cards said Chuck and Brian, and she wasnít either of them. So I guess there was an issue when they entered about who had what cards and they had an argument while the CM just shooed them in. They went back to the room for a rest when they were done.

Next up: Art of Animation and a peaceful afternoon
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Day 2, Let the memories begin, part 2

I took a bus to Art of Animation to have a looksee and some lunch. This resort is so cute.

Hereís a few of the many photos I took.






I especially can appreciate how they attached the laundry room to the pool bar so you can have yourself a frosty beverage while waiting for the clothes to dry. Not that I do laundry on vacation, but Iíd be tempted to just so I could sit at the bar and wait for my clothes.

Their foodcourt is really nice, but as Iíve read previously, the wait is ridiculous. It wasnít even crowded and I waited 15 min for my food. It was difficult to see where you should stand while waiting for your food as well. So people were just everywhere by the grill, not sure where to order from or pick their food up from, since it was like a mosh pit.

For lunch I had the Surf and Surf burger with fries, which was absolutely spectacular. It was a crabcake with about 5 fried shrimp on top along with a delicious sauce. It was messy to eat, but it was soooo good. I would go back just for this, it was that good.



And keeping true to my cupcake fantasy, I had the 4 mini cupcakes. They were your basic vanilla, chocolate, red velvet, and carrot. They were all pretty decent. Iím not a huge carrotcake fan, but this was ok. The red velvet was my favorite. They were all nice and moist.


After lunch, I went back to the bus stop to head back into the magic kingdom. I had a FP+ for the princesses in Town square that I wasnít sure Iíd use, but I got back by 2:30, headed in to see them, barely waited at all and had some great photoshoots with them all (photopass). When I came out, people were lining up for the 3 oíclock parade, so I had a seat on a curb. I have never seen this before, it was so cute.




Afterwards, I decided that I would go see the hall of presidents since it was on my list of things Iíd never done. I almost fell asleep, but was afraid I wouldnít wake up when it was over and thatíd be embarrassing. I checked out the dream along with Mickey show


Then I wandered the shops on Main Street on my way out to the boat launch for the Grand Floridian. Nanny and Pop showed up on time and we headed on over to the Grand Floridian for our 5:30 res. Nanny said she never saw the inside of the main building, so we wandered over there for a bit since we were early for our res. Itís so pleasant in there with the piano playing, but the air conditioning was up so high it was freezing, so we didnít stick around long.

Next up: Narcoossees, and the one sour note for the day.
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Your pics of AoA are great! The more I see of this place, the more I like it. I don't like the way the food court sounds, though. 15 minutes to get your food? That's a bit of a wait. Looks good, though!

Glad to see Pop was feeling better on Day 2. I'm sure he's not the first one to walk full-bore into the wall in the Stretching Room! Nanny's pedi is cute.

I did notice in your final pic that Minnie looks like Zombie Minnie - where are her eyes?
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Their foodcourt is really nice, but as Iíve read previously, the wait is ridiculous.

I've heard it's really loud. Yes? No? I thought the Surf and Surf sounded interesting, but I'd rather get something at Pop if the AoA eating area if really noisy. We have to have the tie dye cheesecake at Pop, so I figured we'd wander over to AoA when we do that.


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Your pics of AoA are great! The more I see of this place, the more I like it. I don't like the way the food court sounds, though. 15 minutes to get your food? That's a bit of a wait. Looks good, though!It really was adorable. I hope to stay here with DS14 if we can get in a trip next year by ourselves. I'm hoping they will do something about the foodcourt situation, since it's new and everyone seems to have the same comments, maybe they will make some changes there

Glad to see Pop was feeling better on Day 2. I'm sure he's not the first one to walk full-bore into the wall in the Stretching Room! Nanny's pedi is cute.

I did notice in your final pic that Minnie looks like Zombie Minnie - where are her eyes?
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I've heard it's really loud. Yes? No? I thought the Surf and Surf sounded interesting, but I'd rather get something at Pop if the AoA eating area if really noisy. We have to have the tie dye cheesecake at Pop, so I figured we'd wander over to AoA when we do that. I don't remember thinking it was loud, but it was pretty empty when I was in there (with the exception of the food line). I love that tie dye cheesecake at Pop, DS and I had that for breakfast many mornings during our stay there, though now I'd be hard pressed to decide between that and the new King cupcake I've been reading about (the Elvis one with peanut butter, banana, and bacon




What is wrong with Minnie's eyes? I'm guessing that they're closed, but there are lashes up above and it just looks very wrong.
Her eye's were just closed during that shot. Here's another one with them open so you don't leave with that creepy image of her!
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I'm here and subbed! I do not know how I missed the post directing us over here on the PTR, but I did!

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I have to admit that, as I read along, I'm constantly flip-flopping between wanting to hug Nanny and Pop, and totally making this face --> .

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I'm here and subbed! I do not know how I missed the post directing us over here on the PTR, but I did!

I am not even kidding when I tell you that I laughed out loud at this!

I have to admit that, as I read along, I'm constantly flip-flopping between wanting to hug Nanny and Pop, and totally making this face --> .

I cannot wait to read more!!!
Glad you found your way over here

Haha, that little girl was so cute, she had her back to her mother pretending not to hear her, then she looked at me with eyes big as saucers before heading back there

Yeah, Nanny and Pop are just adorable, but I don't think they are meant for travel anymore


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I have read lots of comments complaining about bus service, but in all three trips we've not had any major issues. I don't think we waited more than 10 minutes for a bus the entire trip, though we did stand often, mostly by choice. And the food court is fantastic, lots of choices. I don't think you'll be disappointed in your stay
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Day 2, Let the memories begin, part 3

Dinner at Narcoossees....

What can I say, it was wonderful, perfect, delicious.
Hereís some pics to prove it. We all had the surf and turf. mmmmmmm



Pop had the sorbet


and Nanny and I had the almond crusted cheesecake, OMG, that stuff is good.


After dinner when the bill came, it was an ordeal telling the in-laws how to handle the gratuity on the dining plan. She just wanted to leave cash, but there are so many copies of things, Pop never knew (even up to the last day), what exactly he needed to do. It always led to a ten minute discussion.

After dinner, we hopped on the monorail to the magic kingdom so we could see the parade. We had the FP+ for this, so there was a designated area to view, so we didnít need to line up til 7:40. We had a little time, so we went on Buzz lightyear. Nannyís score was 3300. She kept saying there were too many red dots and she didnít know which was hers.

When I got off the ride, I had a message on my phone from the Football trainer at the high school saying DS14 couldnít participate in the game that day due to a swollen pinky and heíd need to get it x-rayed before being allowed to play again and wanted me to call him. I called DH and he said the pinky was fine and letís let it be for the week since he wonít be playing anyway. To be continued Day 3Ö

Next we went over to the FP+ area for the parade. This turned out to be the biggest fiasco. We had been having such a great day, and this really put a wet blanket on the ending.

The space that is roped off is directly in front of the castle (but on the inside of the circle). There is just some plain concrete there. Behind it is where the Walt and Mickey statue is, and there are some benches and open space there, but that wasnít part of the reserved area. There were ropes there separating that area from the FP+ area. People without fastpasses were lined up in that area, thinking they had a good spot since no one was initially in the FP+ space, it looked like they had a clear shot of the parade. Well, the FP+ space filled in, about 5 deep or more, and they could no longer see.

There were some really obnoxious people over there who were extremely upset and kept screaming ďSIT DOWN, SIT DOWN, SIT DOWNĒ for the 20 minutes prior to the parade, and the first 10 minutes or so of the parade. Some people did sit down, but many did not. It was just flat concrete, no curb space, and I wasnít about to have my 73 yr old in-laws sit down and not be able to get back up.

Nanny was feeling bad and tried kneeling, but it was hurting her knees too much. Pop was getting really bent out of shape and I donít think he even paid attention to the parade. He started complaining about everything and anything at this point. There was one kid in particular who was screaming on top of his lungs for the entire 30 minutes. By the time it was over, Pop was sufficiently agitated and said he was going back to the room.

I donít blame those people for being upset, they thought they had a good spot, and now they couldnít see behind the hundreds of people who filled in the space. I think Disney needs to post signs where those ropes are letting people know that this area will be used for FP+ and will fill in. It was a test period, and I hope they realized that this part didn't work. Anyways, here are a few parade pics that came out decent:








Nanny and I stayed for the fireworks. We stayed right where we were and it was amazing. I hadnít ever been up close before and it feels totally immersive. You do miss some of them because you canít see the ones behind the castle too well, but it was definitely a cool experience. There were FP+ for the fireworks, but they were gone before I could get them.
Here's a couple pics from the fireworks.


Love the Mickey balloon in this pic.





Surprisingly, when it was over, Nanny was hustling at breakneck speed through the crowd dragging me with her, and we made it back to the room by 10p. Apparently Pop got lost and did the thing like Nanny where he put his card in other peopleís doors too, but he was at least in the right building and found it quick enough.

A quick shower, some internet surfing, and off to sleep I went.
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Nannyís score was 3300. She kept saying there were too many red dots and she didnít know which was hers.
I've always figured I'd have the same problem. I don't do video games, but my kids, who are all regular players, regularly get confused over who is who when playing Halo.

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I think Disney needs to post signs where those ropes are letting people know that this area will be used for FP+ and will fill in. .
There were no signs? Major snafu on Disney's part, IMHO, and you got the fallout.

OTOH, if I were looking for somewhere to stand, I probably would have assumed that area was reserved and there'd eventually be people there, since I know they do that sort of thing at Epcot (are there signs at Epcot?). Maybe it's less of a deal at Epcot because there's no parade. I hear more horror stories about parades than I do anything else -- line cutters wind some people up, but they still don't seem to cause as much ugliness right there, if you see what I mean. Unless you count the trolly show, the only "parade" we've done is the "Move It, Shake It Street Party," which we loved, but that doesn't gather the crowds the regular parades do.

What I thought sounded great about the parade Fastpass was that you wouldn't have to fight for your space or get grief over it -- instead, you got to skip the waiting time, but got more grief than average!
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