Wow what a great trip report
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06-24-2011, 03:05 AM #10
06-26-2011, 01:36 AM #11
- Join Date
- Mar 2008
- Arkansas USA
Great report, really enjoying all your photos! The evil stepmother and her daughters look like they would be alot of fun!
06-26-2011, 10:54 AM #12
06-26-2011, 12:47 PM #13
Have never seen Lady Tremain or the Stepsisters in the park before; we have met them at 1900 Park Fare at dinner and they are a riot. Lady Tremain tried to marry off my sons to her daughters Its a great report...Im getting so excited seeing all of the places Im going to see in 54 days We are staying at the Pop this trip...waiting to see it in person .
07-02-2011, 08:47 PM #14
Well it was finally here after all of my planning. Today was the day we were going to be celebrating Chuckís birthday with dinner, his grandparents and a few surprises.
We had another early wake-up call and were quickly on our way to the food court to grab some breakfast. Chuck ended up going with the cinnamon roll and I went with the chocolate croissant. We also shared some pineapple. Everything was yummy!
After breakfast we were off to the bus stop to head out to Epcot.
Once we got there my sister and I grabbed everyone tickets and ran over to Soarin to grab some fastpasses while everyone else made their way over to Test Track. The line for Test Track was only 10 minutes so they waited for us and then we all jumped on. The line went fast and it was nice having the entire car to ourselves. As usual we loved it and my family did too (it was their first time on it).
After Test Track we walked over to Mission Space where Bobby, Chuck and I jumped on the green side while everyone else waited for us. Chuck and I have done both sides before and really like it but I could tell Bobby was a little nervous since he had never done it before and had heard horror stories about it. He really liked it once it was all over so we grabbed fastpasses for the orange side when we got off. Now it was onto Chuckís favorite ride, Spaceship Earth. The line was around 20 minutes so we took the time to call the kennel and check on all the pets.
Chuck and I were the only ones who had been on the updated version of this so we were excited for everyone to check it out. They really liked it (how can you not?). It was now time to head over to my favorite ride in EpcotÖSoarin! Even with fastpasses we ended up waiting around 20 minutes but we did end up with the top row. It was great as usual. I really love the music for that ride. Once off we were starting to get hungry for lunch so we split up because we couldnít decide on one place. My parents and Teenie ended up getting ice cream while Chuck, Bobby and I ended up at the Electric Umbrella. I have to be honest we hated this meal. I had suggested walking over to the countries and grabbing something but got out voted. Once the meal was over they agreed that we should have done that. We all ended up with burgers and they just werenít good. Also we had to wait to be let in to the actually building. I donít ever remember there being a line before but there was a cast member who made you wait to be let in. Needless to say we wonít be returning there. After lunch we all met back up to head over to Figment (I know that isnít what itís called but thatís what we call it).
None of us had been on the ride in years (back when the Dreamfinder was in it) and while it was cute we definitely missed the original ride.
When we got off it was around 1:00 and the skies were getting dark so we decided to head back to the hotel to rest some before the big dinner. Along the way we jumped on the Seas with Nemo and Friends since it had a short line. Once we got off the ride it started to rain a little so we made a run for it to the front but not before getting a picture with Lotso.
Once we walked past the gates it began to downpour so we all put on our ponchos and made a run for the Caribbean Beach bus (why are those bus stops so far away at Epcot?). By the time we made it back to Caribbean Beach the rain had stopped a little. Once back in our rooms however it began to really storm. Most of us ended up napping at this point since we knew it was going to be a long night. Before I knew it my cell phone alarm was ringing and it was time to get up for dinner. We had arranged for a taxi to pick us up and take us over to the Boardwalk since trying to get there by bus is a pain. While we were waiting we snapped a couple of pictures since we were probably going to look like drowned rats once we stepped outside.
At this point I told Chuck where we were actually going to dinner. His favorite restaurant on property is the Flying Fish. When I called to make ADRís I was told I had to call the actual restaurant since we were a party of 8. Thatís when I decided to tell Chuck I called and never got a return phone call from Flying Fish. He was so mad and even said he was going to walk over sometime on this trip to complain. I told him I was able to get an ADR (Advance Dining Reservations) for the Coral Reef instead. I was so excited to finally tell him and he was very excited to be going back there. It was still pouring now and I was starting to get really nervous since I had planned (as another surprise) the Illuminations boat cruise and wasnít sure if it would get rained out. I never even thought up a backup plan just in case the weather was bad. We arrived at the Boardwalk and I left everyone in the lobby to walk over to Flying Fish and check us in. Everyone really liked the Boardwalk and we all agreed we would like to stay there for a future trip. Once Chuckís grandparents showed up we were seated for dinner.
I canít remember what our waiters name was but he was fantastic. He gave lots of suggestions from the menu and was pretty funny. I believe my dad and Chuckís grandfather ended up ordering the special ( I canít remember what that was), Chuck and my brother got the red snapper (always yummy), Chuckís grandmother and I got the scallops (also yummy), and my mom and sister got the steak (which was to die for!).This was the only picture of the food from dinner. Chuck took it of his red snapper.
Once dinner was finished I asked for the check and before I received it my second surprise was brought outÖ
This was so yummy! I ordered it through the Boardwalk Bakery (they were awesome) and I loved the way it turned out. Everyone agreed that it was by far the best cake they had ever had. I would highly recommend them. Once dinner was paid for we made our way out to the Boardwalk where thankfully the rain had stopped. My final surprise for Chuck was pulling up.
Our boat captain was Katie and she was awesome. She had snacks and drinks on board and also grabbed us some blankets since it was a little chilly on the water. Once we left the Boardwalk we took a trip down to Disney Hollywood Studios theme park at WDW.
We then ended up under the bride that leads into France but got clearance to go even closer to watch Illuminations. This was probably my favorite memory of the trip. Watching the show from where we were is a great experience and itís always nice to have the privacy of your own boat.
Once the show was over we pulled back into the dock at the Boardwalk and said goodbye to Katie. We then decided to split up. My dad, Bobby and Teenie caught a bus over to the Magic Kingdom which had extra magic hour until 12 while Chuckís grandparents drove my mom, Chuck and I back to Caribbean Beach. We were tired and ready to jump into bed. The rest of the group didnít get back until late (I slept through them coming in). Despite the rain (and the stress from it) this day turned out even better than I had hoped it would. I still canít believe I was able to pull off all of the surprises on Chuck.
Up nextÖToy Story Mania, Star Tours and another amazing meal.
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