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Detour in chicago

So weather postponed us in chicago tonight. So after a million calls, a few tears for a missed flight, and a very long day, we hopped the subway to try some authentic chicago pizza. Taking off again tomorrow to paris!!!

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We can now claim we have A) been to Chicago B) rode the subway and C) had real Chicago pizza

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We ordered a small pizza and couldn’t finish it! We ended up with one delicious piece left for breakfast before our flight!

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Excitement

Oh my gosh! I am SO excited, I am Paris is 3 days. Did you hear me? Well I guess you didn’t seeing as I am writing, so let me rephrase that. Did you see that?! 3 days away!!! Also I am excited since it is now officially my favorite season…. FALL!!

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So on our excursion this weekend to finish gathering our travel supplies for France; we felt the cool of Fall on the air and also found Halloween stuff! But what is even better than Halloween Stuff is Disney Halloween Stuff and we found some!

First stop, Target!!!

Target never seems to disappoint when it comes to Halloween. I always find the best stuff there. I mean, check these out! Awesome foam Medusa wigs, don’t we look chic?!

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They also had some must have animated creatures that I would LOVE to add to my already extensive collection of Halloween goodies. An owl who hoots and his head rotates, a red eyed raven in a cage who caws and his eyes flash, plus this adorable bat candy dish who talks, flaps and also has flashing eyes.

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There is also a new line of paper goods, including these plates and napkins which I bought for my Halloween theme. There are also these super cute goody bags that resemble monsters in cages.

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There is no shortage of treats to adorn these lovely plates and gift bags either. They had royal sugar pumpkins wearing moustaches, pumpkin bars, pumpkin cheesecake cakes, candy corn Oreos, and a variety of gummies to make my hubby drool. The gummies range from cute to cleverly grotesque all in one end cap. You could choose anything from gummy pumpkins to ground zombie and gummy tongues. Oh how I LOVE Halloween!!

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Now onto the Disney stuff, Target had monster plushies of Mike and Sulley from “Monsters University” (Mike even has his retainer on.) As well as Muppet plushies of Kermit and Fozie all dressed up to scare. And speaking of dressing up, they had a variety of ways to Disney-ify your pumpkin as well. The line up included princesses, Avengers, Star Wars and Mickey and Minnie kits. So whichever branch of Disney you chose, your pumpkin will be covered.

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Now onto CVS!

CVS has a small aisle of Halloween; however there were still some note worthy Disney items to be found.
There were figurines of Mickey as pirate (my favorite), Pluto as a clown, and Minnie as a witch. Also there were mini snow globes and pumpkin picks to dress your pumpkin up like that silly old bear, Pooh.

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While we are on the subject of Disney Halloween, the Disney blog had some amazing prints that will be shown in the month of October.

Jasmine Becket-Griffith’s “Bride” will be shown on October 19th at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney District as part of the current exhibit, titled Pop Fusion from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m

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Also Haunted Memories (Eddie Allen) “Marsh” can be seen October 5 – October 27

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All this Halloween stuff just makes me giddy and I am bouncing off the walls waiting for Paris already.

I just can’t wait for all these exciting things. Next time you see me, I will be back from Paris with an incredible Disneyland Paris trip report. I can’t wait!
So as Mickey would say in French, à bientôt réel! (see ya real soon!!!)

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Staycation- JW Marriot

As part of hubby’s bday plans, I decided a staycation was in order and we are really fortunate to have an awesome 4 star resort practically in our backyard( it really kinda is in my mother in law’s front yard. ) The JWMarriot San Antonio resort and spa is less than 10 miles from our home and it is a great way to stay close to home but still feel like you are on vacation.

The hotel has over 1000 rooms, its own lazy river and water slides, 4 restaurants, a spa and a golf course. Along with that there are also a ton of activities for the whole family, like games on the yard, nightly movies at the pool and free Smores from 6-8pm.

I had taken my prince here for his birthday before we got married and thought it might be fun to do again.

This place is huge, there was a convention going on so we had a huge walk to the lobby (but found out later there is a shuttle to your car if requested) but we got to see some awesome sitting areas and the blown glass art fixture down the main hall.

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Once we made it to the lobby and checked in, something funny happened, our room was not our room, someone was already staying there, so they gave us a room with an awesome balcony overlooking the pool, late check out and birthday brownies for hubby (thanks Lisa!)

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Once we finally settled in, we checked out our awesome view and then got ready to hit the pool!

View from balcony

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After seeing the water, we got changed and headed towards the slides, there are three slides, but these two our are favorites, we rode probably 20 times

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bottom of slides where we flipped over almost everytime, lol

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Then we shared a double cheeseburgers are fries and scored a free birthday diet pepsi for hubby since we had dinner reservations at 7 at Cibolo Moon

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After exploring we decided this was a vacation, so dessert before dinner, why not?

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Kris’ mom actually lives down the street so as a birthday surprise, I invited her and her boyfriend to join us for dinner at Cibolo Moon, it was really nice. I just only managed to get pictures of our food, lol!

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Dinner was delicious we also sampled the chicken and cheddar jalapeno waffle and the brisket and egg burger, yum!

Then we showed our guests around before heading to our room for the night.

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especially the pool!

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We had plans in the morning, so we didn’t utilize our late check out but went and picked up the little boy from his staycation and headed home!

Happy guy in the backseat!
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So that was our night out, was a great little vacation without leaving town and it is nice to be able to get home in 10 mins 🙂

What is in your backyard, get out there and explore, have your own mini staycation this summer 🙂

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100!

100-fireworksHi guys! This post is brought to you by the number 100 and in saying that let me explain why…

Today is a very big day for me, it is my 100 post and it is day 100 on our countdown to Disneyland Paris!

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Very exciting stuff going on this Friday for sure:)

So for my 100th posting, I thought I would write about some of the things I am dying to do for Paris, I am sure I can find 100 of them to do but I will keep it to my top 10 list instead 🙂

10:Countdown chain

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We started taking the chains down, hard to believe we are already at 100!

9:Learning a new language by choice
 cvr9780743550420_9780743550420Hubby got us Pimsleur language learning software so we could learn how to speak conversational French, first time I wanted to learn a language and wasn’t forced to by a school. I really want to know some French even though I have been told it isn’t necessary  in tourist locations in Paris

8:Taking my first long international flight.

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I just got my passport right before hubby and I got married and it was for our honeymoon to Jamaica and that flight was not long (provided you don’t count our overnight delay in Atlanta, Ga) so this will be my first flight ever over 5 hours.

7: Taking the Train


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There are a ton of ways to get from the Paris airport to Disneyland, but we have heard about their bullet train and totally want to try that, takes 20 mins to get there.

6: Staying in the Sequoia hotel
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Walking distance to all of Disneyland Paris and an indoor swimming pool, I am getting super excited as I write this 🙂

5: Euros

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I am kinda nervous about this too but I have never been anywhere, where US dollars are not excepted, so I think it will be fun and new to try

4:Fall

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My ABSOLUTE favorite time of the year is fall and here in Texas, this is not something we get to experience, so I am super excited to actually get to enjoy fall weather even if it is only for a few days

3. Food
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We will be in Paris, I heard that Disneyland Paris has awesome chocolate croissants and Mickey chocolate waffles (dessert only) plus we have a day in Paris and really hoping to try some awesome authentic foods, to savor and crave in my foodie bank for life

2: Disneyland Paris

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I had a hard time putting this a one category and fought with myself about not putting this first on the list because Disneyland Paris was always the dream for me, but going to somewhere exotic and foreign is the main goal and then doing thing there is second, so hence the placement of the theme park in #2.

Things in Disneyland Paris I am most excited about are the dragon under the Castle, 20th anniversary celebration with Dreams show, Pin Trading, food including Toad Hall, characters (I hear they have rarer characters there),  Halloween (we planned the trip to hit both the 20th and the halloween decor) & #1 at DLP, Phantom Manor

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I am a HUGE Haunted Mansion fan as anyone who knows me or has read this blog before can attest to and this is the only truly unique of the Haunted houses in Disney, this was my very first reason for wanting to fly 10 hours and learn French, to go to a haunted house, of course,  lol!

1: Did I mention this is Paris?!

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I mean come on, when you think romance and beauty, most people minds go to Paris. I know mine does, I grew up a Disney kid and Aristocats and Beauty and the Beast are some of my favorites and now Ratatouille, a true inspiration to someone who has taught themselves to cook.

All my loves seem to stem from this one place and I am so excited and lucky to be able to take this once in a lifetime trip with my amazing husband and tour Paris in fall.

What more could you want?

So that is my top 10 list, I really probably could have gone to 100 on attractions and food alone but I think 10 is a good place 🙂

I hope you enjoyed my 100th blog and I thank you for reading them and following me on this Journey. Here is to the next 100, have a great weekend 🙂

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Paris Excursion – Disney Style

The trip to Paris is 132 days away and with that I wanted to share with you our plan to tour Paris done by Disney.

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This is the package hubby booked with Disney, it is from 9:45-6:30, over 8 hours of time in Paris and it includes a coach tour of Disney, visiting the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower and enjoying a cruise down the river Seine.

This is pretty awesome for someone who wants to get to see alot in a short period of time. I am so looking forward to our day is Paris 🙂

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Paris Et Disney Nous Viola – 149 Days

Hi guys, sorry I was not around yesterday but I promise today will be fun! The title of this post is Paris Et Disney Nous Viola which is French for Paris & Disney here we come and it is only 149 days away! See fun, right?!  So today’s post is about my newest project.

A Disney Paris countdown chain!

Supplies:

 Mickey head out of card stock that  printed the French Flag is printed on

 blue, white and red card stock cut into 1inch wide 6inch long strips

plus for every fourth ring I printed a Disney Paris or Paris themed strip (I use these to keep count in case we forget to pull a ring)

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Directions:

Curl each strip into a ring and staple to secure, making sure to link the rings together before closing the next to create the chainchain

Every fourth ring had a picture like this- Remy in France (this is the #1 ring) I wrote the # on these rings to keep track of how many rings there arerata

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After I completed the chain, I started working on the Mickey head, I cut out things from France and some French Disney things like Remy and Mickey holding the French flag and used stickers and markers to write Paris & Disney here we come, in French.header

I then attached a string to the number one ring and attached in to the mickey head and secured it to our down stairs wall with our last countdown Mickey head

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Do you have anything you are looking forward to that you want to create your own chain for? Hope this helps give you some inspiration 🙂 Hope you all have a great weekend

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Disney Anniversary Trip- Final Day- Day 8- Chef Mickey’s, Tony’s Town Square, Goodbye to the Magic Kingdom and Airport

Hi guys, I know today is about the last day of the trip but before we get started I wanted to share the pictures from when we went back to the room at the end of Day 7.

Art of Animation sign, nighttime, from the bus

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Our towel swans, when we set out our Mouse-keeping envelope (for more info click here) , we told them it was our last night and asked if they would make us something special, they made us these 🙂

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Ok now on to Day 8, that morning was our last morning so I had made us reservations at Chef Mickey (a recommendation from my mom), so we got up, took our bags to get checked in from the airport and got on a bus to the Magic Kingdom, from there we took the monorail to the Contemporary Resort.

We had a little time to kill before our reservation so we went to the shops did some pin trading and saw this awesome art pieces.

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As with all our other character dining, we checked in and waited to get our picture taken. Here is what Chef  Mickey’s  looks like from the lobby232323232%7Ffp543(8)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(2975734;nu0mrj 232323232%7Ffp54384)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(2976234;nu0mrj232323232%7Ffp543(3)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(44 5534;nu0mrj

We waited for a few minutes and we escorted up to this Mickey Statue for our photos, here are some of ours with our photopass+232323232%7Ffp734 2)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=3645; 7;4 34;nu0mrj 232323232%7Ffp5439;)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=3645; 7;5234;nu0mrj 232323232%7Ffp54349)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=3645;9426334;nu0mrj 232323232%7Ffp734 4)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=3645; 7;5734;nu0mrj

After our photo we were escorted in given some oj and told to help ourselves, here is part of the buffet from where we were sitting.

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We also got another Mickey cupcake for our anniversary, since the Fab Five (Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Donald and Goofy) walk around and acknowledge all the special events by the candled cupcake 🙂 232323232%7Ffp54432)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(2 4(634;nu0mrj

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Pluto’s page

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Donald’s page (we never did see Daisy)

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Goofy’s page (another hand drawn on the spot creation of hubby’s)

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Mickey and Minnie’s autograph page

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Breakfast was great, definitely the place to get your kids excited about a day in the parks, it is very loud and upbeat and alot is going on.

Once we were done and got our photopass+ package we headed back upstairs to catch the monorail to the Magic Kingdom the last time this trip.

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Once we made it inside we located the place on main street to meet Rapunzel and headed inside
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Rapunzel’s autograph page

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From there we headed down main street and saw all these beautiful balloons, I wish more of them were translucent though.232323232%7Ffp54395)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(297 534;nu0mrj 232323232%7Ffp54345)nu=3642)77;)555)273377;64625 ot1lsi 232323232%7Ffp543 6)nu=3642)7 ;)57 )27337 ;66;25 ot1lsi 232323232%7Ffp54373)nu=3642)77;)557)273377;64825 ot1lsi

We went to Cinderella’s Castle to ask about lunch and it was a no good, didn’t hurt to check though.

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From there we went to get out cards in Liberty Square to fight for Merlin’s army and we rode the Haunted Mansion one last time

Paying my respects to Mr. Toad
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We went back around and used our fast pass to ride Space Mountain

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The show was hilarious this time and Buddy got the number wrong, glad we did it again 🙂

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We also found Tinkerbell over by the crystal palace
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Once we were done exploring, we decided Tony’s would be the place of our last lunch and I love Lady and the Tramp, so was a pretty neat experience.232323232%7Ffp73475)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(2;;(834;nu0mrj

We checked in and they saw our anniversary pins232323232%7Ffp5438 )nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(2(23234;nu0mrj

We waited maybe 5 minutes and were called inside

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Our table, they gave is a special tablecloth and a candle for our anniversary, was really sweet 🙂

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The fries were good, I liked the sauce. The melon could have been riper, but for being cautious to try it, I was surprised.

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These are more like flat-breads and were really good, I enjoyed the freshen the arugula brought to the pizza
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Our anniversary candle shot

They also brought us this card for our anniversary and it even had paw prints from lady and the tramp on the back, so sweet 🙂 232323232%7Ffp7349 )nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(2(24834;nu0mrj

For dessert, of course, I got the tiramisu232323232%7Ffp734 9)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(2(24;34;nu0mrj

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Both were delicious, I loved the texture of the cake.

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Lunch was delicious, some people didn’t give it high reviews, but I was pleasantly pleased and happy we gave it a shot. When you are at Disney give it a go.

After lunch, we went to grab some snacks for the trip home and I picked up this cup I had had my eye on the whole trip

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It is so neat because it looks like the original cups when the park opened but it is ceramic and has a silicone lid and nice plastic straw, I love it (drinking out of it as I type this.)

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We headed back to the hotel on the bus, went to the bag area and got our carry-on bags and waited for the Magical Express at the bus stop

Last shots of hotel

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We loaded on the bus and got to the airport about 3 hours before our flight (Magical Express gives you a time to meet at the bus stop to ensure you make your flight,) so we decided to check out the Disney Store in the airport heading to our gate.

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After our window shopping we went through security and made our way to our gate

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We grabbed a Monster from one of the shops and ate some of our Disney treats while I checked out the cute activities in the kids menu I picked up from Tony’s Town Square.

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Our plane got there a bit late and we had to wait for some people, but we saw a pretty sunset from the plane as we waited.232323232%7Ffp73486)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(2 58334;nu0mrj
Then we were off, headed back to Texas. We watched Rio on the way home and got back around 11 or so. One of my bags went to St Louis instead on home, but they found it and we came to get it next morning. They gave us a $50 voucher for the inconvenience, which will be great for our next trip (After Paris) 🙂

So there you have it guys, our 8 magical days at Disney for our Anniversary.

I hope you enjoyed reliving the trip with me. Tomorrow we will start the posts of what has been going on since we have been home, starting with Spamalot and the top tier of our wedding cake.

See you real soon 🙂

 

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Disney Anniversary Trip- Day 7- Epcot, Meet and Greet with the Princesses at Akerhus, rides and lunch with Remi in France

Happy Monday everyone, sorry I am running a bit behind this morning. The good news is I have a ton to share with you from  day 7 of our anniversary trip.

When we woke up the sun was just rising (it was early because I scheduled a breakfast at Epcot at 8:15, I know what was I thinking?!) and it was a beautiful view from the 4th floor of Triton as we waited for the elevator.

Sun Rise

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Then not only did we notice the sunrise but we saw all these hot air balloons.

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There were between 6-10 balloons out that morning and it was really amazing to see.

“Flynn” checking out balloons on Epcot bus stop

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We were the only ones on the bus so we chatted with our driver about the balloons and her family on the way to Epcot

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“Flynn & Rapunzel”

We decided since we were having breakfast with the princesses we would do our Flynn and Rapunzel outfits today, plus our passport for the world showcase had Flynn and Rapunzel traveling the countries, so we looked the part 🙂

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It is really cool to book a breakfast before the park opens because everything is empty and the photos are great

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Our first Easter egg was none other than…FIGMENT!!! We will get more into the Easter eggs tomorrow 232323232%7Ffp54355)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3;45234;nu0mrj

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Akerhus is another character dining experience, this one is princesses and they vary. Like Ohana and 1900 Park Fare, you check in and do a photo (again this one can be purchased or added to your photopass+), this one is with a princess and we got Belle that morningbelle1

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This is a more European breakfast, the bring you a platter with eggs, bacon and sausage and there is a buffet or pastries, smoked fish, meat, and other more Mediterranean fare (I suppose this is what our buffet will be like in Paris.)

Breakfast

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We ate a little and out came the princesses.

Cinderella

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Cinderella’s page

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We really liked the Lingonberry muffins (seems to be a common flavor in the Norwegian fare), so I got some more and made us Mickey 🙂 232323232%7Ffp5437 )nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;;979634;nu0mrj

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After breakfast we decided to take advantage of our early arrival to Epcot and made our way over to future world, to ride Test Track, Figment, and Soaring

Empty World Showcase

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Flowers in the water
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Imagination Pavilion

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We went to test track first and now you make your own car and ride comparing the cars with other cars created by people in your part

Concept cars in the queue

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Our car being created step by step

Body

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Off we go to ride

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Test Track was fun, I like the new create a car part.  The ride still seems more than 65 miles an hour and it is a lot of fun. After Test Track we headed over to the Lands pavilion and used one of our DVC fast passes to ride soaring

On the way over to the Lands we found Chip & Dale

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Kris even drew them an acorn and they tried to eat it right off the page 🙂

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Even though it was early in the day, soaring already had a 90 minute stand by so we were quite happy to have our DVC fast pass, we asked to be in the front and were still in the ride within 15 minutes.

Soarin’

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We look beautiful in the blue light, buddy! 232323232%7Ffp54392)nu=3642)7 ;)563)27337 ;65425 ot1lsi 232323232%7Ffp5437;)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3929 34;nu0mrj

We like Soarin’ but definitely will not wait more than 30 mins to ride it and to us if you aren’t in the front, the ride is pretty much ruined by feet.

We also like the safety video from Patrick Warburton, however, when it comes to the ride itself I wish they had a Florida and California version. I don’t like that Soarin’ and Muppets only have videos for Disneyland, especially when you are at Disney World.

The video is also getting old and we were soaring with dust particles half the ride, at first we thought it was a little plane or a hang glider, but no, it was dust 🙂

After the ride we saw this little shop and they had these neat little gardens, so we got one for Hubby’s mom since she had been watching little man while we were on vacation

Mickey’s mini gardens

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Then we rode Living with the Land, which is one of my favorites

Cassava

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I find living with the land very soothing and really neat that Epcot grows some of the food you actually eat in the park. I also like learning while having fun, so living with the land is still high on my list even though there were no Cinderella pumpkins when we rode.

From there we headed to Nemo and Friends to check it out

Mine, Mine, Mine

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I didn’t take any pictures during the ride, was busy comparing this one to Disneyland and of course the most obvious difference is you are already under the sea in a clam mobile no big trip under the sea in a submarine.

It is cute but the story seems a little confusing, is this during the movie or after, not too sure. But I do like their use of the aquarium at the end (projecting the animated images into the real aquarium)  and Pearl, she is pretty funny.

After the ride we checked out the animals in the sea

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Look, found Dory232323232%7Ffp543;7)nu=3642)7 ;)565)27337 ;65625 ot1lsi Rock Fish
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Once we were done under the sea we checked out one of the exhibits for the Flower and Garden festival, the butterfly habitat and fairy topiaries

Butterfly house

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Rosetta (we used her doll for our Elf on the Shelf doll)

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Me with Tink and Periwinkle

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Then we made the worst decision of the day!232323232%7Ffp543 8)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;;65;234;nu0mrj

Yep, I don’t know why, but Kris decided to try it again and talked me into joining him! Boy, it had not gotten any better, yuck!! 232323232%7Ffp73486)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;;65;334;nu0mrj

Even Kris’ face was worse the second time around, lol!232323232%7Ffp734;4)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;;65;434;nu0mrj

We washed down the Beverly with something more tolerable and set out to visit Figment before lunch.

Figment in his sweater

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How the eye works
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Figment taking over

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Figment

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Journey into Figment’s imagination

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Upside down in Figment’s world

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I absolutely love Figment and would love if the whole ride was like the end, just like when he was first introduced and they brought the dream finder back as well, but I am so happy he is still here.

We even made our own Figment before we left:)

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After that we wandered through a few topiaries we hadn’t seen on our way to lunch in France at Les Chefs

The Lion King

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The Monster’s inc one,again!  I know, I can’t help it, I loved it!232323232%7Ffp54369)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(25;6534;nu0mrj

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As we made our way through the countries to head to lunch, we stopped inside Mexico and rode the three caballeros ride.

Mexico

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I love the Mexico Pavilion, I love how dark and cool it always is inside and I love that it is like its own little city, it has the San Angel restaurant, a market, a jewelry shop and the ride plus other stuff like I believe a new Tequila bar.mexico epcot

After we rode, we got our first stamp on our passport and an cute thing for our anniversary in Spanish. This was a lot of fun and seeing as we live in Texas, it was the only one I would be able to read the whole trip.

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Les Chefs for Lunch

We made our way over to France and checked in a we were seated in the side area, it was very pretty and one thing I love about Epcot is that the staff from each country, usually is from that country, everyone we encountered in France was in fact French. Pretty neat!

The ceiling
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Panoramic view from our seat

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I was so excited about how much fun we were having this day, that I had almost forgot why I booked this meal to begin with, Remi!!

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He was so cute, he had a handler (some one to push his cheese cart) named Armando and he was a trip. The woman next to us asked to see the mouse and he questioned her about whether she was a health inspector. He said he was a rat and asked her if she knew the difference and gave her a hard time that she must be a health inspector since she didn’t know Remi’s name. Was a cute little performance, made me giggle. Remi also moves and squeaks and interacts with Armando.

It was the highlight to our lunch, so glad I booked it

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Hubby got Daily assortment of fresh sorbets and a madeleine. I believe they were raspberry, mango and pineapple and there was fresh fruit as well. The mango was kinda too tart for me, but was nice and refreshing. 232323232%7Ffp734 6)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(25;8234;nu0mrj

I got Fresh strawberry and cream cake with raspberry sauce and strawberry sorbet, the cake was nice and light and I enjoyed the strawberry sorbet232323232%7Ffp734;6)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(2685634;nu0mrj

All and all was a very nice lunch, if just for the escargot and seeing Remi. I am happy I have finally experienced some of what the world showcase has to offer.

The Eiffel Tower

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Kris decided to use our photopass to get us some awesome pictures in France (of course now I know why, 159 days to Paris.)232323232%7Ffp543;3)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=3645;9425234;nu0mrj

I even got to see Minnie232323232%7Ffp5436;)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=3645;9425634;nu0mrj

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After our photos we went and got our passport stamped in France
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We are half way through Day 7, tomorrow we will tour the countries, try some school bread and dine with the fishes 🙂 See you then

 

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Disney Anniversary Trip Report- Day 6- Downtown Disney, Characters in Flight, 1900 Park Fare & Grand Floridian Easter Egg Display

Good morning everyone, today we will finish up day 6. From the Animal Kingdom we hopped on the bus to our hotel then got on one there to go to Downtown Disney. We got off at the Marketplace and went to visit Kristy at the DVC beside customer service in the Marketplace. We also did some pins trading and checked out a few stores while waiting to talk with Kristy.

We found this fascinator, thought it was so cute.

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Before we left for the trip, I had written about buying tickets on Groupon for the Characters in Flight (for more info about Characters in flight, read my first post  here) and we wanted to get to ride it but at that moment it was docked. However after chatting with Kristy we noticed that they put the balloon back in the air, so we hurried over to ride it before our 7:30 reservation at 1900 Park Fare at the Grand Floridian.

On the way there, we saw this neat street performer

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Characters in Flight

At the booth you can also get these posters and a certificate of flight (for an additional price.)

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Regular prices, adult $18 each, child $12, so with out group on we saved $16, nice! 232323232%7Ffp54378)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; (9;334;nu0mrj

Wow, we are going up there?! 🙂 looking up

Up there!232323232%7Ffp54433)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; (9;634;nu0mrj

Here is Buzz on the hand painted balloon232323232%7Ffp54354)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; (9;834;nu0mrj

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Going up!232323232%7Ffp54433)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3926634;nu0mrj

View of Cirque de Soleil232323232%7Ffp54396)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3 4 734;nu0mrj

Pleasure Island232323232%7Ffp543(3)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3926934;nu0mrj

We can see all the way to Epcot232323232%7Ffp54375)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3 4 34;nu0mrj

Us at 300 ft up232323232%7Ffp54385)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3 4;334;nu0mrj

Saratoga Springs and some other resorts232323232%7Ffp543(8)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3926;34;nu0mrj

Downtown Disney and Beyond232323232%7Ffp5439 )nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3 4;734;nu0mrj

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Our Shadow looming over Disney232323232%7Ffp54377)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3;3(634;nu0mrj

View directly underneath us232323232%7Ffp54368)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3;43234;nu0mrj

Epcot ball232323232%7Ffp543 9)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; (5;834;nu0mrj

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Hubby in the air232323232%7Ffp734 7)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;;(6(634;nu0mrj

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We were up about 300 ft (instead of the full 400) and there were only 9 of us on board (which is a 1/3 of the balloons capacity) due to the winds, but it was a really cool view and something neat to share with the whole family, I recommend checking it out when you have some free time downtown.

When we were down we realized we were closer to the Westside bus stop than the Market place so we got to the bus stop and picked the first bus heading towards the Grand Floridian, it was the Contemporary bus, so we took it, then got the monorail at the Contemporary to the Grand Floridian.

View from Monorail at Contemporary

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1900 Park Fare

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1900 Park Fare is a character dining experience, this one includes Cinderella, Prince Charming, Anastasia, Drizela and Lady Tremaine. You go check in and like Ohana (as well as the other character dining experiences) they take your picture and you can purchase them if you don’t have the photopass + after dinner.

Here are our shots

my prince 1900After our photo session we were sat and congratulated on our anniversary and told we had about 20 minutes before the characters came out, so we went to scope out the buffet

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We were also given these lovely place mats to keep for our anniversary, I thought they were super cute!232323232%7Ffp54392)nu=3647); ;)5;;)2738; ;6 (25 ot1lsi

This buffet had everything from sushi to paella to strawberry soup and gummy bears (yes, we got some with dessert!)

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Kris got some of the roast, mashed potatoes and some stewed chicken232323232%7Ffp73479)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(232(434;nu0mrj

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Then Cinderella and Prince Charming came out and had their first dance232323232%7Ffp54349)nu=3642)4(3)297)27334(338825 ot1lsi

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How cute is this chocolate Mickey?

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First came Prince Charming and Kris asked him for tips on how to keep his princess (me) happy for ever. The Prince told him to always smile and that will help with our happily ever after 🙂

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Me and Charming232323232%7Ffp543(8)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;;(73934;nu0mrj

Lady Tremaine232323232%7Ffp734;5)nu=3642)4(3)29;)27334(338(25 ot1lsi

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Me and Lady Tremaine, I was trying to look snarky too but I think I just look scared, lol! 232323232%7Ffp54353)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;;(73;34;nu0mrj

Dessert complete with Strawberry soup and yes, gummy bears 🙂 232323232%7Ffp543(6)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(2333334;nu0mrj

There is cheesecake, carrot cake, chocolate mousse and a lemon custard here

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Kris and Anastasia232323232%7Ffp54345)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;;975934;nu0mrj

Anastasia was trip, Kris was telling her about our anniversary and she told us to show Drizella my engagement ring, because she would be so jealous (since it is green, which is her favorite.)

My rings (gratuitous wedding picture)

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After that Cinderella came by and she was really full on Cinderella, she was very sweet and was so happy that I had found my prince like she had (reminded me of Giselle  in Enchanted.)

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My handsome prince with Cinderella232323232%7Ffp734;5)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;;;975 34;nu0mrj

Cinderella’s autograph

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Then Drizella came over, she was our favorite, she asked if we had had Cinderella clean for us. Kris told her no, that we were taking it easy on her. She responded, “Why, that is why we invited her, to clean. That is why she is wearing gloves!” Lol

After that we showed her my rings and she was just overwhelmed with them and very jealous, she was too fun.

Us with Drizela
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The step families’ autograph page

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We had alot of fun and after we ate and met with all the characters, we decided to head out and hit the Magic Kingdom for some shopping and our Sorcerer’s of the Magic Kingdom cards, but as we were leaving we found this

The Grand Floridian’s second annual Easter Egg Display

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Huge Hand painted Chocolate Easter Bunny232323232%7Ffp734 4)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(2334334;nu0mrj

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There was a beautiful Tangled egg, it was our favorite232323232%7Ffp73477)nu=3642)4(3)2 9)27334(339 25 ot1lsi

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The Magic flower topped the egg232323232%7Ffp54395)nu=3642)4(3)2 7)27334(339825 ot1lsi

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A lion King egg, Hakuna Matata theme with Zazu perched on top232323232%7Ffp5439;)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3928334;nu0mrj

Wall-e egg with little bug on top

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Aladdin egg
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Robin egg, Lion King and Fairy tree

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Dumbo’s Circus

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Gold leaf egg & flower egg

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Flower egg with Dragon Fly

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Tea Party egg

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Filmstrip egg

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Snow White Egg

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Sleeping Beauty egg- Aurora232323232%7Ffp734 9)nu=3642)5 )94;)27335 3(25 ot1lsi

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Her brothers as bears232323232%7Ffp543;9)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3927;34;nu0mrj

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Happy Easter

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I was blown away by the artistry of these eggs and the entire area smelled of chocolate, was a really exciting holiday themed display. If you go to Disney during a holiday be sure to check the Grand Floridian, they always seem to do something Disney special (like the huge gingerbread house during Christmas.)

We did our pin trading and some shopping at the Grand Floridian before we left (I bought a present for someone special, a Trixie pin for hubby, and a figment pin for me.)

Surprise- still has not been given to recipient

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Figment 30th anniversary pin buttonfigmentWe got back on the monorail and went to the Magic Kingdom.  We got in during the parade and ran to the firehouse, got our cards, then to customer relations for pin trading, and off to the Emporium to get some souvenirs for our friends.

This precious Mickey even has a rattle inside, for our friends new little one

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And this awesome tank which says, “one shoe can change your life” and has a shoe for each princess, for Steph 🙂 092_zps4ce20ce4

Did I mention I love the emporium, has something for everyone.

It was getting cold and late and the water pageant didn’t seem like it would be around our side anytime soon, so we got on the bus and watched the fireworks as we headed back to our hotel. Was a perfect ending to our night.

Day 7 will be a full day of Epcot starting with a character breakfast at Akerhus.

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Disney Anniversary Trip Report- Day 6- Disney Vacation Club and Animal Kingdom

Hi guys, we are moving on to Day 6, our Disney Vacation Club presentation and then off to Animal Kingdom but first breakfast.

Our ride to Saratoga Springs (which is where the presentations are held) would be there at 9:40, so we ran into the Landscape of Flavor (the Art of Animation food court) and grabbed breakfast.

We got a Mickey egg with green chiles and a chicken burger.

Look at the cute egg 🙂

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And a breakfast burger, egg, bacon,and beef patty232323232%7Ffp734;5)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; (94234;nu0mrj

They both came with potatoes and a drink.

They were pretty good but we were in a hurry, so we ate quickly and barely tasted breakfast.

We were starting to drag, so even 9 seemed early for us to get up that morning.

The van  got there just as we headed out to meet it, we hopped in and they drove us to the other resort.

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We were escorted inside and given name tags and then led into a seating room, with this fire place.  Saratoga Springs has a very Great Gatsby feel which isn’t really me, but this area did have some nice art232323232%7Ffp5439 )nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(2(;;234;nu0mrj

View of seating area as I took pictures of the art232323232%7Ffp54348)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; 99;934;nu0mrj

Hotels with Cinderella’s castle in background232323232%7Ffp54374)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; (94334;nu0mrj

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After a few minutes Edwin came and got us and brought us into this room where he did his pitch about the DVC232323232%7Ffp5438;)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; (94834;nu0mrj

Here is a summation of the info we got regarding this membership

Disney Vacation Club is based on a  points system. As a Member, you receive an allotment of  points annual—based on the amount of points you purchase in the beginning (you can add more at any time, however) —to use toward your vacations at Disney (in the DVC resorts of any of the resorts, it uses the same point system)  and any one of more than 500  destinations  (500 are the Disney approved, we were told there are more like 1500-5000) worldwide when you purchase directly from Disney.

You purchase a specific amount of Vacation Points based on where you want to start, 100 points on average will get you roughly a week at the park in a studio room . The more points, the more days or bigger the accommodations you can enjoy. And each year, you receive a new allotment points. How you use your points is completely up to you, you can go to Germany with the Adventures by Disney and stay in a castle, a Cruise or just hang out at Disney world in a savannah room (some examples of what I would do with them, of course some of these are more expensive and require more than 100 points.)

Like I was day dreaming earlier, you can stay at the  DVC resorts and other Disney destinations, or at hundreds of places offered in the Member  program. Depending on the points and how you use them, you can take one or several vacations each year (off season the points for rooms are less, so you can stretch those points for multiple smaller vacations.)  DVC has a range of rooms ranging from studios (the cheapest) to suites which I think they said could sleep 9-12, wow! Of course the bigger the space the more points are used.

We were also told we could “bank” points for up to three years, so say we wanted to take a cruise that was 300 points but we didn’t want to borrow from our upcoming trips. We bought 100 initially, we could save three years and do the cruise. Or you can borrow from the next two years and not go on vacation with DVC for those years, your call.

We were also shown this awesome model of Hawaii Aulani resort

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Plus we got to walk through replicas of the Kidani Village and Aulani rooms, something we may never see first hand

We heard all this info, saw the prices (about $14k for Animal Kingdom Kidani Village for 100 points and a monthly fee of $76 continuing after the $14, ooo is paid off) and the time allotment ( you own this for 42 years, it can be willed or sold as well.) Our heads were spinning, even now we go back and forth on it since we are already going to Disneyland Paris in September, so we know in the long run it might be something to look into.  However,  we know a house is our main goal, so we have put that off.

Also something to know, the DVC does not include the prices of your flights, park tickets or food (although we were told they do give you discounts on a lot of things.) So that is something you need to weigh in on before making a decision on it as well.

After the tour, they gave us fast passes good for 3 rides whenever we wanted to use them and dropped us off in the ice cream parlor (we got rum raisin and butter pecan), to have some Edy’s and do a survey on our experience.

Hubby beat everyone with his survey skills.

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Once we finished our survey and ice cream we took our fast passes and all our new packets of info outside where they had another van waiting to drive us directly to Animal Kingdom.

Animal Kingdom

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Our first animals in the park, parrots232323232%7Ffp543 5)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(2(;;534;nu0mrj

We stopped and used our photopassanimalking

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Everest in the distance232323232%7Ffp7348;)nu=3642)4(3)283)27334(337425 ot1lsi

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Once we got to the trucks I got this picture and jumped in, got to be on the left side of the bus with a good view232323232%7Ffp5434 )nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;; (95634;nu0mrjHere as some of the animals we may see on our trek

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Now onto the safari

Giraffe

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White Rhinos
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Their eggs232323232%7Ffp73488)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3 45434;nu0mrjOryx

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Was a pretty decent safari, we saw most of the animals, glad we got to do it early in the day

From there we headed to Expedition Everest but did the walk through Maharajah Jungle Trek on the way there

Kris jammin out in Africa

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I finally saw Divine!! She is a stilt walker that is sometimes seen around the park and she is covered in foliage and blends in like a chameleon. She was so neat, we were leaving Africa and we saw something moving and then other people began to notice her. She is really pretty, she moved so gracefully and blended in with the surrounding plants

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Maharajah Jungle Trek

First animal we saw was a visitor, this pretty redheaded wood pecker

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Now the residents

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The Rodriguez Fruit bat

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After the tigers we turned around and maneuvered our way through the crowded park and got into a supposedly 30 min long wait for Expedition Everest

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By this time in the day I think the trip was finally beginning to take its toll, as you can see we have been running non-stop and I am sure it didn’t help that there really isn’t much shade in Animal Kingdom and we had been stuck next to some of those high schoolers on spring break for the last 40 mins but we were getting a bit cranky.

The shrieking and screaming teens we had been hearing throughout the line and ride had got on our nerves by then and kinda ruined the ride experience for hubby.everest

I still enjoyed the ride but we decided to turn this all around and grab some lunch so we could go on enjoying our wonderful vacation, one more ride and we would be free of Animal Kingdom.

We went to Flame Tree for lunch and had a pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw and a chipotle chicken salad for dessert we got key lime and chocolate mousse.

Pulled Pork

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The pulled pork was good but pretty average about the same as the one at T-Rex, the salad was AMAZING however, it had the chipotle chicken and ranch dressing, crispy potato string, different lettuces and beans. It was a really nice and nice sized salad.

The key lime mousse was a bust, we both took one spoonful and did not like it the gel like lime on top was like dish soap and had a very bitter quality to it. The chocolate mousse was good but very simple.

After we cooled down, ate and enjoyed a little quiet, we were feeling a bit better and head off to Dinosaur

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The wait was about 20 minutes and the line is inside, so we were happy  with that. We listened to a little pre ride science stuff from none other than Bill Nye, however the lights for the show weren’t working, so we were standing in the dark. 232323232%7Ffp54357)nu=965;);59)25 )WSNRCG=363;(3925934;nu0mrj

This ride is very similar to Indiana Jones in Disneyland, big car that moves around crazy, darkness and animatitronics.

You are heading into the past to do research but the guy behind the camera has another plan for you to bring back a dinosaur (the Iguana-don from Dinosaur) but this puts us in close proximity of a meteor shower and we get stalked by some big mean dinosaur.

Our neighbors here were terrified of the big mean dinosaur, lolDinosaur

We enjoyed this ride and felt much more satisfied with our day, we decided to brave the crowded walk ways plus a taped off parade route to go to Kusafiri bakery and get some cupcakes then go to Downtown Disney

The trek was totally worth it! We got a White Chocolate Elephant Cupcake & a Cotton Top Tamarin Cupcake

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This is what they normally look like but they had run out and the new ones didn’t have their tops yet which was fine since I don’t really like white chocolate anyways

These guys were huge, the elephant had a rich chocolate cake, butter cream with coconut and in the center of that a substance like the toasted coconut icing on a German chocolate cake.

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The Tamarin had a dark chocolate cake, a big fluffy dollop of butter cream and chocolate shavings.

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They were delicious, the elephant was my favorite cupcake of the trip, I love anything reminiscent of German chocolate cake.

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They were so big and the icing was cool and didn’t budge much so again I ended up with icing up my little nose, I need a bigger mouth!

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Feeling like our trip to Animal Kingdom was ending on a much better note, we began to head out, we did some pin trading and took a few more shots, then headed to the buses to go to Downtown Disney.

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About the Animal Kingdom, this park is very small and was really made for its animals and not so much for their visitors. There are very few walk ways and this results in the park feeling very crowded and claustrophobic. Also there is very little shade, even though there are plants every where.

If you have kids that like animals and shows (I still haven’t got to see Nemo but I was totally ok with that this trip) , this may be a nice park for you but for me, I was happy with half a day at this park.

Tomorrow we will get back to Downtown Disney, enjoy Characters in Flight as well as dinner at the Grand Floridian and finish day 6 off. See you then 🙂

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