5th Anniversary Trip Report

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5th Anniversary Trip Report

We are home sad BUT we had a blast! I'm going to try and slowly update my trip report here and include some photos, food reviews, and all else. I'll post the good, the bad, and the ugly here little by little laugh

My hubs and I left NJ on a 5:30 am flight on the 24th. We were only a bit exhausted because we are both teachers and the 23rd was our last day of school and that night was graduation. We were running on about 3.5 hours of sleep, but were still pretty excited! The flight wasn't bad, but I can't sleep on a plane. We arrived in Orlando at about 8:40 and went to our Magical Express pick up. We opted to get our own bags as I've had 2 friends whose bags "magically" disappeared until they were located a few days late. lol. We only waited on board the bus for maybe 15 minutes before we were on our way! We were also lucky to be the first stop the bus made. We arrived at the All Star Sports much earlier than we had expected!

I had done online check in prior to leaving home, so our room was already set for us when we arrived! We went to the online check in desk and were told we were upgraded to a room with a king bed rather than two double beds (I already liked it there). laugh We were also conveniently put on the 1st floor of the surf building which was close to everything. To jump ahead a bit, this was my first experience at this hotel and I honestly enjoyed it! I was skeptical, but I actually found everything to be great and would stay here again Smile

Okay- continuing on!... We had ambitious plans for little sleep. Those plans started with Epcot. We dropped our stuff, slathered on a ton of sun screen and bug spray, and made our way to Epcot!\

We had booked a fast pass for Soarin at 3:20 that afternoon thinking we wouldn't hit the parks until 1 ish, but we were there by 11ish. We were a bit hungry so we opted to grab some lunch before anything else. We went to Sunshine Seasons to grab some salads and I got s Mickey Oreo dessert (all the noms....)

We checked our app out while eating and were amazed at how low the wait times were. We had fast passes for Mission Space and Spaceship Earth (because you can have 3 so why not), but we didn't need them.
We walked right onto Mission Space after lunch with no line. Test Track had a 25 minute wait, so we hopped on line for that. Of course, Test Track broke down and we wound up waiting an hour waiting BUT it happens. I'm still not a huge lover of that whole design part- it just takes so much longer to board people.

After Test Track we walked right onto Spaceship Earth, The Land, and Figment.

We killed some time window shopping and just enjoying a beautiful day before heading to Soarin' at 3:20. Soarin' Around the World was BEAUTIFUL! I did miss one particular part of the old Soarin... I'll let you all guess which one.

We had dinner planned for Via Napoli at 6:40, but were already tired and hungry. We decided to head over to Italy and try to worm our way in early. When we got there they said if we waited 10 minutes we could eat early. So we did! This was my first time at Via Napoli and you won't see any food photos here because it was gross. What they served couldn't even be called pizza. It was like Italian tortilla soup the bread was so wet... This was my first and last experience there (we NJ types are VERY particular about our pizza) laugh

At this point we were crashing. We opted to head back and nap because we planned to be at DHS for the Star Wars Galactic Spectacular that night! And that will be my next post!

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Sounds like you got off to a great start looking forward to hearing more Smile it's a shame about via napoli though.

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Sounds great so far. The "soupy pizza" is one of my favorite parts of "true Italian" pizza and how it is supposed to be. It wasn't a mistake on their part. It's just an acquired taste. It's one of the things I distinctly remember when we were in Naples, Italy. It is defiantly different than American pizza.

I really hope we get that lucky with wait times in a couple week. Hopefully by then Frozen Ever After will be about a 10 min wait rolling rolling rolling rolling rolling

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JMed wrote:
Sounds great so far. The "soupy pizza" is one of my favorite parts of "true Italian" pizza and how it is supposed to be. It wasn't a mistake on their part. It's just an acquired taste. It's one of the things I distinctly remember when we were in Naples, Italy. It is defiantly different than American pizza.

I really hope we get that lucky with wait times in a couple week. Hopefully by then Frozen Ever After will be about a 10 min wait rolling rolling rolling rolling rolling

We spent 3 weeks in Italy (including Naples) last year. This wasn't "Italian" pizza either. laugh Honestly, maybe we got a bad night or something.

And as for Frozen, we only waited 5 minutes- kid you not! It will be coming up soon in my report!

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I never eat pizza outside of NJ/NY. It just part of our Jersey snobbery laugh

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Okay! Continuing on! After a glorious glorious nap, we were headed out to DHS! On our way out of Epcot earlier we were able to snag a fast pass for Toy Story Mania that night so we headed there first. As always, we had a blast seeing which of us could get the highest score while still scoring 5 million times lower than everyone else laugh

We were still a bit sleepy from traveling so we kind of just meandered around the shops there for a while after this while waiting for the Star Wars show. We grabbed some dessert and a nice curb to sit on while we waited.

Well, it was WAY worth the wait! The show was amazing! We love Star Wars so we just ate up every bit of it! The scenes were cool and and their use of lasers and other effects were great! Photos aren't the best.....

I was so happy we got our butts out of bed to check this out! There were EMH that night so after the show we decided to hop on RRC which we waited about 15 minutes for and then the Great Movie Ride which we walked right on. Shout out to a great cast member, Chris, at the Great Movie Ride who kept everyone very entertained! He danced and joked with us all as we walked through the line! After this we really needed to crash and we were headed back here in the morning anyway.

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The next morning we were back at DHS early! We grabbed a quick breakfast at Starring Rolls,

Following that, we headed to Toy Story to use our fast passes. From there we headed to Muppet Vision and then checked out the D23 Disney expo (we like the video). So many great little things in there and so many memories as well!

After that we grabbed some quick lunch.....everything is Star Wars, there! Even bread! laugh

After lunch we hit up Star Tours and then mu husband's fave, ToT. We didn't hang around after that as we wanted to take a swim and a nap since we were headed to the Yachtsman and Jellyrolls that night.

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Sounds like an awesome trip! So sorry to hear you didn't like Via Napoli, though! I can't speak to it as we've never eaten there but I think this is the first less then favorable thing I've heard about it! eek

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great trip so far! you packed a lot into your first day!!! we didn't go crazy for Via Napoli either there was nothing wrong with our meal it just didn't amaze me as some other places did, I had a pizza but because I don't like tomato based sauces I think my pizza was on the bland side however that was probably due to my choice!!!

Also that mickey oreo thing you had at sunshine seasons looks awesome that is totally on my list if they still have it in September!!!

cant wait for more!

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So sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy Via Napoli. I like it there, even though they don't serve my kind of pizza - I'm a Chicago girl, so I always want something stuffed with a thick spicy sauce. Via Napoli is the antithesis on that, however I do think that they have the best arrancini on property.

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Great trip report for far can't wait to hear more! I am excited to hear they have king beds at that resort as far as I can tell it doesn't show it online. Was thinking a value resort for our next stay.

Just a general question how come sometimes I can't see the pictures on posts? It is just a blank space?

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I've been a bit delayed continuing here because I spent most of July sick waiting yuck But I seem to be on the mend now and am back to continue writing!

After leaving DHS we spent some time by the pool and grabbed some tasty pool drinks.

Our second night we headed over to the Yachtsman (our first time there) since all of our friends are constantly raving about it. We had planned it as part of our anniversary celebration. I was excited to head over the B&Y area since its just so darn pretty! Our dinner was fine. Not great. Not Exceptional. Just fine. To us it was nothing out of the ordinary- just a decent steakhouse like back home. That being said, the staff there was extra sweet! Will we go back? Probably...... Will we go back next trip? No. Here are some yummy food photos for you all!

First off- the rolls! The rolls were the best part of the whole meal!

Along with the spreadable garlic....

They gave us a cute little menu to take with us as well

For an app I had French Onion soup and Hubby had Lobster Bisque? I think....

For dinner we both opted for the Filet- Tasty Potato

After dinner the staff gave us a glass of champagne to go with dessert

We were a bit full so we just had some Gelato to split

They also brought out these candies

After dinner we hung in some of the patio rockers for a while and just took in the scenery. It was a really beautiful night.

Then we headed over to Jellyrolls. This was my first time ever at Jellyrolls and I. Had. A. BLAST! The pianists were amazing and their singing was great, too! They did a phenomenal Disney song mash up and sang rainbow connection in Kermit's voice along with a whole host of other great songs! Hubby and I definitely want to head back there again!

After Jelly rolls we headed home for a little sleep because we were headed to the Magic Kingdom early in the morning!

We had a GORGEOUS day for Magic Kingdom. It was pretty hot in the afternoon, but still really a nice day. We had planned fast passes for Splash Mountain, Space Mountain and the Mine Train that day. We got to the park and decided to do exactly what we shouldn't do- stop and take Main Street photos first thing. laugh

After this we headed over to Thunder Mountain- the hubby's fave. We were surprised to find absolutely no wait and we walked right on! The husband was excited about that. We had fast passes for Splash around 11, but also found no line there. So we figured, why not just ride it then and use our fast pass elsewhere! We got on line and were through the whole thing in 10 minutes. While on line I hung out with this awesome cast member who told the hubs and I all about Shanghai Disney and how it was wrecked upon opening. He also said he could see that cool Tron ride coming to Epcot at some point and that he hopes we get a version of Pirates like they have there. Anyway moving on- we managed to ride splash with only a few instances of brer fox causing trouble upstream laugh and it was magical as always.

From here we headed over to ride Pirates which also had no line! On the way I snagged fast passes for Jungle Cruise since we ditched the Splash Mountain ones. We rode both back to back. I was glad I grabbed JC because there was about a 35 minute wait when we arrived.

Afterward we headed to my 2 faves.... Country Bear Jamboree and Haunted Mansion. I noticed that the Country Bear show was shorter- can't remember if it was like that 4 years ago when I was there, but at least 2 songs were cut out. We headed to the HM from there and waited about 10 minutes to get in. I was very surprised at how short wait times were for the most part.

Afterwards we had lunch booked at Be Our Guest. Since it was my first time there we opted to sit in the ballroom. I'd try another room next time. The hubby and I both really enjoyed our lunches. It was so easy to order ahead of time and have it delivered to the table! The only negative was the "gray stuff" ....I don't like vanilla yuck

Right after lunch it was time to head to Space Mountain. I was really happy we had fast passes for that because the line was about 90 minutes long.

On our way out we rode the people mover (just because i like it) and then when i ran to a restroom the hubby got talking to some DVC people. We wound up agreeing to do a tour later that day. We didn't buy in yet, but may this fall!!! While waiting for the tour at the Poly we headed to Philharmagic and It's A Small World. We had planned dinner and drinks at the Poly anyway, so we didn't mind going over there. The guy was really nice and we told him we may contact him this October!

After the tour we went to Trader Sam's.....oh my goodness we had a blast! The husband had 3 Krakatoa Punches and I had one Zombie head and one Hippopotomaitai. Needless to say we were feeling it was we headed to Ohana for dinner haha.

As always Ohana was a great time. We got some drinks, a back scratcher and I can't remember the other to go along with dinner. The hubs and I just love being at Ohana. It's just a happy place for us!

After dinner we headed back to MK to finish up the rides in Tomorrowland, Hubs made me a phone case for my birthday, we rode Big Thunder Mountain again, and we used our fast pass for the Mine Train. The Mine Train was very cool, but very short. I'm super glad we had fast passes for it! After we caught the parade/show/fireworks, did a bit of shopping and headed back to crash!

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Dinner at Yachtsman looks fantastic! Spreadable garlic?! I'm sold.

LOVE your HM ears!

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OOOOoooo ... that roasted garlic looks delish.

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Great report so far those drinks at Trader Sams looks amazing I MUST make it there sometime soon!!! can't wait for more!