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Happy 40th to me *Live from the bubble*

First things first, thanks everyone for all the advice leading up this trip. So far (and it's only day 2) it has been amazing. Knocked a couple things off my MUST DO list and I am still adding more!

I don't sleep much and so I figured I would just work on the TR while I am here. I mean why not! LOL biggrin

So with out further ado.....

Day 1 Saturday

After being disappointed that we were not leaving to drive half way on Friday night, I was bound and determined to be up EARLY and on our way. Well, for the first time in I don't know how long, I slept past 4:30am... It was almost 6 when I got up and I had wanted to be on the road at 5...

We loaded the rest of the things in the car, it started pouring Friday night and stopped us from doing it then. We headed out and I asked why we were going the way we were because of course the other way thru town is shorter so we turned around and back tracked a bit... Of course Joe had not filled up the car so after a stop at the gas station and we were on our way, until... he stopped for breakfast. I was a bit anxious and irritated at this point. mad

Finally we were on 95 and I was starting to lighten up a bit and smile and laugh. I was joking with Joe telling him I was going to play Disney music all the way down and he didn't like that idea one bit lol. Traffic was pretty light for a Saturday, we got thru Jacksonville with no problem. I was a little concerned seeing as it was the day of the World's Largest Cocktail Party but no issues. (for those of you not familiar, Florida and Georgia play football at a neutral site in Jacksonville every year and it received the aforementioned moniker due to all the drinking). After a couple potty stops for me we finally made it to Orlando!!!

I was so excited at this point I could not keep still... I had the phone out ready to take pics of the welcome sign like 25 minutes before we got to it.

We got to Pop around 12:00. The first WELCOME HOME from the gate guard got me and I teared up, This will be an on going theme you will see. We parked and the place was packed. eek Luckily we were 3rd in the check in line. I did the online check in and while we waited a lovely lady name Li came over with her iPad and did the rest. We didn't even go to the counter. And guess what??? I room was ready! Smooth and easy!

The room of course is kinda sparse,table with 2 chairs, bed, entertainment center with TV and mini fridge. But hey it's a Value Resort so I wasn't expecting much. We aren't in the room much so it really doesn't bother me. I slept like a rock last night, they bed was perfectly comfortable for me and I had like 5 pillows!!!

We dropped off all of our bags and headed to Everything Pop for lunch since I didn't eat and Joe's breakfast had worn off long ago. I got the BBQ Sandwich with slaw (no cheese) and the Sweet AND Spicy BBQ sauce. Joe got the Brisket Sandwich. We both got the chips. Everything was great! I was actually a little surprised. I mean, it's a value food court but we ate everything and was making the ohhhh faces when we took our first bites. The chips were perfectly cooked and I could eat those by the pile! We got Tye Dye Cheesecake and Dirt and Worms for dessert. I didn't know the cheesecake had a cake bottom (red velvet we decided) but it was a great touch!!! I also got my first pair of ears while we were down there!

After lunch SOMEONE wanted a nap... waiting So too the room we went, he slept a little over an hour and I played on the computer (thank goodness I brought it). When he woke up and checked his Facebook, he saw that some of our friends were here (It's a Small World After All). We got ready for dinner and headed to The Contemporary!

yay California Grill reservations were at 7:10. We got there about 6ish. Checked in, got on the elevator and up we went. The doors opened to WINE!!!! and my pager went off. I thought it was a fluke but they had us a table ready! (the girl just told the couple in front of up who had 7:15 ADR that they would have to wait????) I handed Michelle our pager, she wished me a happy birthday and whisked us off to our table. We were not directly by the window but one table away. We had a perfect view of the Castle and Space Mountain. And there was Mickey confetti all over the table! yay

I started with a Mai Tai and Joe had his usual Crown and 7 with a lime. Appetizer was Yuzu-Marinated Sashimi oh WOW is all I can say about this dish. The shashimi melted in your mouth and the flavors! And of course, don't forget the bread. I really loved the crunch the sea salt added to the butter!We hemmed and hawed over what we wanted for our entrees. I had it narrowed down to ALL OF THEM and Joe narrowed his down to two. As much as we eat and try, he seemed hesitant for some reason his words were "there is one thing on each entree that I'm not sure about." Really, just try it! I ended up with the Jumbo Scallops and Joe had the Bison Tenderloin, he wasn't sure about the brussel sprouts but ended up eating them all. See, point proven!!! They were both delicious. Scallops were perfectly seared and the Sweet Corn Succotash was a perfect accompaniment. The Bison was perfectly cooked to his liking and was so tender.... drool... We both cleared our plates and anxiously awaited dessert menus. I got the Warm Homemade Fritters and Joe had the Chocolate Pudding Cake. Our server also brought out a treat of the Sundae Sampler for us to share. The fritters were warm and perfectly dusted with cinnamon sugar, my favorite dip was the salted caramel, I could have just a bowl of that stuff with a spoon. The Pudding Cake was ok to me, I'm not a huge chocolate fan but Joe loved it. The Sundae Sampler was great. Our favorite was Frangelico Toffee! In all it was a wonderful experience from beginning to end. Although there are MANY MANY places I want to try in the future this will be on my return list!

After dinner we hopped on the Monorail over to the Polynesian to meet up with our friends who came down for an impromptu weekend. We met them at Tambu Lounge and I got my Lapu Lapu. WOW that is an amazing drink. We stayed long enough for one drink and hopped back to the Contemporary for fireworks from the top... Let me tell you, it was COLD AND WINDY but I refused to watch from inside. This was on my must do list and I was not going to miss it. It was the perfect way to end the day! We finished our drinks at the bar and headed down the elevator to head back to Pop. There was another couple in there with us, as the elevator got to the lobby and opened, Peter Pan went running by at full speed. None of us moved... I said "was that Peter Pan" and the other girl said "I'm not the only one who saw that? RIGHT??" It was so funny. He was taking pics in the lobby but there was a family following him and they were taking tons of pics.

Made it back to the room safe and sound and pretty much passed out. I was told in the morning that I was snoring loud and steady within 5 minutes of laying down!

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I never hit send yesterday posting day one so you get a twofer!!!!

Day 2 Sunday

Being the kind wonderful wife that I am I "allowed" Joe to play golf this morning. He's pretty good to me so why not! wink If you are a golfer and want to play off property, check out Grand Cypress. Joe plays lots of golf and he couldn't stop talking about this course!

While he was golfing, I was shopping. I headed to the bus stop. I came out and OH MY the lines. It was about 9:00 and I don't think a soul was left in their rooms. I kept walking down the line looking for DTD line. Lo and Behold, only 7 people in line and as I entered the line the bus pulled up! yay Once we arrived it was still 40 min to opening (so much for a buffer) So I found Starbucks of course, took a few pics and went back to sit in front of the Pin Store. I hit the main stores I was there for, picked up a couple pins, Alex and Ani bracelets and cigars. PS Sosa's was wonderful for cigars. Very friendly guys in there.

I headed back to the bus stop, this time I waited about 20 minutes. No biggie, I didn't have ANY plans. Luckily Joe arrived about 30 minutes after me and off to EPCOT we went! It was around noon when we got there. Now, I was excited about this for 2 reasons, FOOD and meeting Robyn and CCP! We were "supposed" to meet at 2. We went right and hit some booths,
tuna poke, (they were out of pork sliders waiting ) Aluani Sunrise, Scallop, salmon with potato pancake, croissant doughnut, and fisherman's pie to name a few. By this time it was almost 2 and it was perfectly timed that were were at the meeting spot!!! yay yay yay I started looking around for Robyn and CCP... and looking and looking. I looked at Joe and said "wonder if Robyn messaged me?" Sure enough, she did... I had the wrong day. Of course I found it funny so now I have something to look forward to for today!

After that there was more eating. Then we headed to FW for FP. We did the character spot (only 3??? There was 6 or 7 last time we went so I was a little disappointed) and Soarin. We skipped Mission Space. Y'all have me scared of that ride.

Back to WS by boat for our 8:30 ADR at Via Napoli. We stopped and listened to the last couple songs by .38 Special. They were rockin!!!! We got to Via a little after 7. They said they would go ahead and get us in and we waited about 15 min. We got a little table by the window and finally relaxed a little. They had my favorite red so I started with a glass of Valpolicella!!! We were still so full from all the tasting we decided to skip appetizers. I got Pizza Margherita and Joe had the Candele. I was in Italy 20 years ago... this pizza made me tear up. It was that good! It was just as I remembered it. I love a great basic Margherita and this was it! Dessert was Tiramisu and Zeppoli. The tiramisu was some of the best I have had and the Zeppoli were ehhhhh. Nothing like they should be.

We made the LONG walk back to the tram and safe and sound back in the room before 10:30. What an exhausting day. My poor little legs are mad at me today! LOL Back to Epcot today for more food!!!

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Nice start JMed! I had have had both the Bison and the scallops at Cali and love them both. Actually have had the Bison multiple times. I can't say enough about the sushi, it's all good!

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Sounds WONDERFUL.

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Great start..I wanted to try the Bison at CG on 2012 but it was off the menu...Silly question time...What is the difference between Bison and Buffalo..?.... confused

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The Watchmaker wrote:
Great start..I wanted to try the Bison at CG on 2012 but it was off the menu...Silly question time...What is the difference between Bison and Buffalo..?.... confused

Same difference. Bison is the correct North American name.

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Fab start - glad Sosa was good.

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great start JMed and your in the world!!!! looking forward to hearing more!!! I think we had Zeppoli at VN I enjoyed it but have no idea if it was meant to taste the way it did!

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MrHub wrote:
The Watchmaker wrote:
Great start..I wanted to try the Bison at CG on 2012 but it was off the menu...Silly question time...What is the difference between Bison and Buffalo..?.... confused

Same difference. Bison is the correct North American name.

Plus,you can't wash your hands in a buffalo waiting

Great trip report so far awesome

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Mrferret wrote:
MrHub wrote:
The Watchmaker wrote:
Great start..I wanted to try the Bison at CG on 2012 but it was off the menu...Silly question time...What is the difference between Bison and Buffalo..?.... confused

Same difference. Bison is the correct North American name.

Plus,you can't wash your hands in a buffalo waiting

Great trip report so far awesome

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MrHub wrote:
The Watchmaker wrote:
Great start..I wanted to try the Bison at CG on 2012 but it was off the menu...Silly question time...What is the difference between Bison and Buffalo..?.... confused

Same difference. Bison is the correct North American name.

Thank you sir.. awesome

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Yayyy you made it!! Great TR!! Glad you're having a great time!! Can't wait......

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Great TR so far. Can't wait to hear more. I loved Cali Grill, and the view of MK was spectacular. It was quite windy when we went, too, but watching the fireworks from there was amazing.

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Wot!!! Happy birthday and oh what fun you are having!!! YAY! Thank you for bringing us along food the ride.

Enjoy the day!!!

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Great start! Glad you're having a good time and Happy Birthday!

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awesome clapping congrats birthday

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Thanks everyone! We just got back to the resort.... I. Am. Tired! I really need to try to sleep in tomorrow (maybe a little)! Joe is filling my mug and getting me popcorn to munch on and I am going to try to get some rest. Today's fun will be up later!

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Hey JMed have a great birthday It looks like we share that, as it is my birthday as well.

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birthday

sounds great so far... I saw the picture Robyn posted of the two you on Facebook with CCP in the background. I sent you a friends request.

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Fun report Jmed! awesome

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Sounds like a great trip! Birthdays at Disney are the best!

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Happy birthday JMed! Sounds like you and hubby are having a great time. awesome

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Vettelover wrote:
Hey JMed have a great birthday It looks like we share that, as it is my birthday as well.

my birthday is actually the 17th. just celebrating early!!! happy birthday to you Vettelover!!!

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JoAnn C wrote:
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sounds great so far... I saw the picture Robyn posted of the two you on Facebook with CCP in the background. I sent you a friends request.

i got it and just accepted!!!

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birthday to both of you!

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Sounds like you are having a great time!

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Good Tuesday morning! I really want to be able to sleep in but since I did fall asleep at 9:30, I guess sleeping until 5:30 was good!!! yay I actually just realized I slept 8 hours!

Anywho what a time we had yesterday!!!!

Say 3 Monday

As usual, I was up way before the sky! We got dressed and headed to Everything Pop for breakfast. I didn't take pics cause it's just the same basic breakfast most places have, BE&C sandwich and a bounty platter. Joe's sandwich was not not ready so we stood there and waited. Mine was getting cold so I went to pay for my own and sit. Eggs were COLD and I don't eat eggs unless they are HOT so breakfast was kind of a bust for me.

We headed to EPCOT and we were there by 8!!! I got to hear the little ditty and welcome message they play and they shot of streamers. This was about a quarter til 9. YAY, I made a rope drop!!!

We headed right for WS (after a Starbuck stop of course), I wanted to get some pics while it was empty. We went left first all the way over to Norway then turned around and made it to France. I really wish you could roam the entire place. It was so peaceful. We then decided we needed a locker cause while it was cool enough to have a jacket on it was quickly warming up. Back to FW and man was it packed. It was like we had just discovered civilization lol. Locker filled and back to WS. We just sat on a bench talking then Joe was first in line for Bacon Hash! He waited in that spot about 20 min while we chatted with CM's there. We got 2 double portions for being first and so glad, it is one of my favorites so far.

More eating and I got my Horchata Margarita from La Cava!!!Finally it was the RIGHT day and we headed for UK pavilion for the meet. I saw CCP first then Mickey2 and her hubby and then Robyn and Sy. What a great group. I think they may all have us convinced to really consider DVC!!! The British Revolution played while we were there and we had front row seats! What a great time we had. Hoping to meet up with more of you on future trips!

After the meet it was more food and WINE! Italy carries my favorite red Valpolicella so there was plenty of that to keep me happy. We started to get in line for what we thought was the 5:30 Boyz to Men show... NOPE, it was for the 6:45. We were supposed to meet up with Robyn and Sy for that show but we opted to see the 5:30. I was tired and starting to get chilly. What a great performance! So glad we got to see them. After we headed back home. When we were parking Joe mentions it's 6:30. I was shocked to say the least. We went down for dinner at about 8:30. Pizza and a caesar for me and a sloppy joe for him. The fast asleep for the evening!

I hope the link to the pic of me and Robyn works, everything I am trying to upload is coming up with the Fergus syndrome.... I got 2 to work. Will work on pics later!

Magic Kingdom today! I am shooting for Rope Drop!!!

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Great TR JMed!! Loving those pictures!!!

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muchlove muchlove muchlove fabulous

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Awesome trip report so far! You two are adorable! Can't wait for more updates!