Diana and Peter's Bonus October trip

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Diana and Peter's Bonus October trip

It was a very sad day today - I took down my WDW ticker. At the moment, we have no new trips planned, but it wouldn't surprise me if that changed sometime next year. This last trip was a spur of the moment booking, and I hope to do it again soon.

Anyway, I will try and do a proper trip report this time. I apologize to everyone in advance - no publishing house is ever going to offer me a contract based on my writing skills! I will try not to bore everyone to death, but hopefully I will post some food pictures to keep you interested.

Day One

We were up very early to catch our flight to Toronto, and managed to get through the first round of security without having to go through a complete body scan or pat down. yay Then it was on to U.S. customs, and a half hour wait to get through there. Onward to the second round of security, and hooray, no body scans this time either. This took another half hour to complete, and then we went and grabbed a quick breakfast. Our flight to Orlando was late coming in from Halifax, so we sat around for an hour and a half before we boarded. We landed in Orlando at about 1:30 p.m., hiked down to the Magical Express, and walked onto a bus in about 30 seconds. POR was the first stop, so we were on site by just after 2:30 p.m.

October 9th was one of the days that they were upgrading the reservation systems, and we knew there could be problems, but were hoping that the system would be up and running by the time we got there. Nope! We couldn't check into our rooms or get our tickets, but the cast members had been told that the system would be up in the next 30 minutes. Peter and I decided we would grab some lunch at the food court, and then see if we could finish the check-in process. Peter was starving, and didn't care where he ate. I hate the POR food court, and ending up picking at a burger and cold fries while he scarfed his lunch down. Then back to the desk, to be told that the system was still down, and unlikely to come up for a while. They issued us a comp pass for the day, we dumped our bags with bell services, and headed off to Animal Kingdom. When we arrived, the parade was in full swing, so we ended up watching about 3/4 of it before we could head off to the safari. We didn't expect to see many animals, since it was hot and late in the afternoon, but still enjoyed it anyway. Our guide was a very enthusiastic driver, and since we were in the back row, we felt as if we were touring Monument Valley in Utah again (there was lots of bouncing around!). Some people were complaining, but I thought it was great! After that, we headed over to Expedition Everest, one of Peter's favourite rides. I don't do well on coasters, so I sat and people watched while he did the ride twice. Then on to Finding Nemo, which we had never seen. I know lots of people love this show, but I can't say I'm one of them. The puppets and scenery are very well done, but I found the songs loud and repetitious. We were glad we did it though, just because it was new to us. By now it was almost closing time, so we headed out to the hotel. Luckily, by the time we arrived, the system was up and running, and we could get our room keys. It was a bit of an adventure finding the room in the dark, but we ended up in Magnolia House overlooking a garden area - perfect! We fell into bed pretty early, so we would be ready for Hollywood Studios tomorrow.

Day Two

Today we headed out for Hollywood Studios. We had picked up fruit cups in the food court the night before for breakfast, so we were on our way quickly. We arrived around 8:20, got in a line that was only a few people deep, and were through the gates at 8:45. I headed to Toy Story Mania to get fastpasses for both of us while Peter headed to Tower of Terror. TSM was down this morning for opening, so it was good that we didn't plan to ride it right away anyway. By the time I got over to TT, Peter had already ridden it once, and was on his second ride. When he came off, it still wasn't busy, so I told him to go again if he wanted to. TS was still down, so there was no hurry to go somewhere else. I got myself a frozen lemonade, and chatted with a few other weak-stomached people. Peter managed 4 rides in total before 9:45, so he was a very happy camper. TS had just come up, so we headed off to ride that. Once we were done, we pulled fastpasses again, even though we knew we would be leaving before the window opened for us. We don't do RNR - Peter doesn't like that one, so we don't need fastpasses for anything else. It's fun to "gift" people with the TS fastpasses as we are headed out, since they wouldn't get to ride it otherwise. Then on to the Great Movie Ride - we got the gangster storyline this time, which was fun. We always seem to get the cowboy one for some reason. It was nice to see the alien moving in the ceiling again - that wasn't working the last time we were there. This is one of my favourite rides, and it was pretty much a walk-on when we went in. When we came out, the line was almost to the sorcerer's hat!

By now we were hungry, so we headed over to Starring Rolls. Thank you everyone for telling us about this - it was great. I had a croissant and red velvet cupcake, and Peter had some sort of cinnamon roll and a ham and cheese sandwich. Sorry about the sandwich picture - Peter had eaten half of it before I could get my camera out! laugh

Then it was on to One Man's Dream, which we had never seen before. I loved it, and would gladly do it again any time. We saw the Indiana Jones Stunt show - it hadn't changed much in 14 years, but we still enjoyed it. We did Star Tours twice, and got to see 2 more variations of the storyline we hadn't seen. Jessi - we looked for you, but didn't see you. sad We finally saw the Beauty and the Beast show also - in all our trips, we had never found the time. I enjoyed it, but I think Peter napped through half of it at least.

It was hot, it was humid, so we decided we were tired and headed back to POR for a swim and a rest.

After that, we headed over to the Magic Kingdom at about 5:30. We had dinner at Columbia Harbour House, another first for us. The downstairs area was jammed, but the upstairs was peaceful and almost empty. Peter had the shrimp, and I had the tuna sandwich. Sorry, no pictures of these - we were both so hungry we'd eaten everything before I remembered to haul the camera out! We then headed to Pirates of the Caribbean, which was a walk-on. Then over to Jungle Cruise, which was fun to do in the dark. We had a hilarious skipper, and a group of tourists who really took the warnings to take cover, etc. to heart. At one point they were on the floor of the boat, avoiding the perils they thought were coming their way. I think they were a little embarrassed when they figured out it was a joke, but they were soon laughing and having a great time along with everyone else. We wandered over to the Haunted Mansion and rode that twice before heading out - we would be back on Sunday, so didn't feel the need to do everything tonight. The electrical parade was going down Main Street as we headed out, so we got to see that too. By the time we got back to the hotel, filled our mugs and picked up fruit cups for the next day, it was about 10 p.m. That was it for the night for us! Tomorrow, Epcot.

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Loving it so far mickey
I took my ticker down too Sad

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Great trip report! Can't wait to see more!!! clapping

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Whoo hoo! I love the picture of the almost non-existent sandwich!!
I'm looking forward to hearing more!

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great report! And I think your writing is just fine. Keep it up!

ooo, and that pic of the red velvet cupcake is killer. I am going in ONE MONTH FROM TODAY>.........wooohooooo. clapping

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Kristen K. wrote:
Whoo hoo! I love the picture of the almost non-existent sandwich!!

You're probably going to see some more pictures of half-eaten meals. I kept forgetting to get the camera out before we inhaled our food! laugh

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clapping trip report!!!

looking forward to reading more

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Loving it! Thanks for sharing~

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We have to take our tickers down ?? sad

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Magic Mirror wrote:
We have to take our tickers down ?? sad

You can leave it up. Or... you can make a new one for your trip next year.

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I am so glad you had a great time. Thanks for the pictures and your trip report is great.

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Great report!!

And lovely cupcake!

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Day 3

Epcot. My favourite park. We were up early again, and in line for opening. Once through the turnstiles, we motored as quickly as my arthritic knees would let me over to Soarin'. This is Peter's favourite attraction of all the parks, and my third favourite. The Haunted Mansion and Pirates are still number one and two with me. Anyway, we rode Soarin' right away, and grabbed a fastpass with a return time 45 minutes later. We headed over to Journey into Imagination, figuring it wouldn't be busy. Boy, that's an understatement! We were the ONLY people there - cast members were just standing around, waiting for someone to show up. It was fun to have the entire ride to ourselves, and helped to make up for this attraction being a pale shadow of what it used to be. I miss Dreamfinder! After this, we stopped at Club Cool before the floor got all sticky, and had our fill of everything but Beverly. Then back to Soarin' again. Then Mission Space green, and over to World Showcase.

We decided to begin our lunch browsing at Canada (surprise! we're Canadian! laugh ). No pictures - once again, we ate our choices before I thought of it. We shared the cheddar cheese soup and the wild mushroom beef filet. I loved the soup, Peter thought it was just OK. We both liked the beef - tons of mushrooms, and cooked to perfection.

Then we stopped at Japan. Peter had the Sukiyaki Beef Pan and I had the Karaage Hand roll. These were both excellent - one of the best values of all the things we tried. Then onward to Florida local, where Peter tried the Shrimp Ceviche. He said this was OK, but not something he would have again. It was time for me to get something I liked, so we headed to Italy, where I ordered the ravioli. Yum! Peter managed to steal a little of this too, and gave it a thumbs up. We decided it was time for dessert, so we got some apple strudel at Germany - good, but VERY small portions. We finished up with the Pumpkin Mousse from Hops and Barley, which at $1.50, was the best deal we found. It was also very good. By then we were stuffed, so we wandered over to the French Pavilion and watched the movie. This is a great way to relax and cool down, and makes me want to go there every time I see it. We decided we'd had enough for that part of the day, so headed back for a swim at the hotel.

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Day 3 - evening

After a swim and a nap for Peter, we decided to hop the boat and go to Downtown Disney. Amazingly, we were getting hungry again, and thought we'd find somewhere to eat and do some shopping. Before we decided on our main meal, we headed to Goofy's to check out the chocolate and pineapple treat. Peter insists that chocolate is one of the 4 major food groups, and justified having one because he was also eating pineapple. One more picture with something half eaten! I have to learn to whip that camera out a lot quicker! laugh

Then we had to decide where to eat dinner. We considered Earl of Sandwich - we'd tried the one in Las Vegas and loved it - but decided on T-Rex. From the time he was 2, my son has loved dinosaurs, and for many years we had dinos everywhere in our house. He and his girlfriend are going to WDW in two weeks, and he wants to try T-Rex, but doesn't want to spend his money if it isn't good or fun. He may be 30 now, but he still loves dinosaurs. So we took one for the team, and gave it a try. We didn't have reservations, but it was only 5 p.m., so we had no trouble getting seated. I just had the Bronto burger and a strawberry lemonade, and Peter had the shrimp and pasta. That had to be the biggest burger I have ever eaten! The patty was fresh, not frozen, and was delicious. From the speed Peter ate his shrimp, I can safely say it was pretty good too. Service was quick, and our waiter was very funny. We spent a bit of time just wandering the restaurant after dinner, watching the dinosaurs come to life, and the kids reactions.

Then we looked in the stores, but didn't buy anything. I wish they would bring back more subtle Disneywear - not everyone wants a giant Mickey shirt! After browsing for an hour or two, it was starting to get a little crazy and noisy, so we hopped the boat back to the resort. We wandered the paths for a bit, just enjoying the ambiance and working a few calories off. Then it was time to call it a night - we wheelchair need our rest!

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This trip report is great! I love reading about relaxing, calm trips! And chocolate IS a major food group!!!

Have you been to Rainforest Cafe as well? If so, which do you find better?

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Yes, we've been to a Rain Forest Cafe, but not the one in WDW. Unfortunately, the one in Niagara Falls served us a meal that was memorable for all the wrong reasons, and we will never return there again. I know the others are probably just fine, but I'm not willing to take a chance again.

As far as decor goes, I liked T-Rex better, just because I have a soft spot for dinosaurs. laugh

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Day 4

It was a beautiful day - not a cloud in the sky, and the humidity was way down. On our way out of the hotel room, one of the mousekeeping staff told us we were "cute" - we are in our 60's, I've got completely silver hair (since I was 40!) so maybe I look even older, and yes, Peter and I still hold hands. I guess she hadn't seen too many wheelchair doing that. It made us laugh, and started the day on a happy note.

Animal Kingdom had EMH this morning, so we got there for opening, and did the stampede down to Kilimanjaro Safaris, only to find that there was a delay opening. We grabbed fastpasses, and decided to do the Pangani trail. We took our time, hoping to see the baby gorilla, but we didn't have much luck there. We did have an up close and personal encounter with a hippo - at one point, he almost had his nose touching the glass, and he was just giving us the eye. By the time we finished the trail, it was time to ride the safari. Then on to Expedition Everest. Peter rode that 3 times in the single rider line, and persuaded me to give Dinosaur a chance again. I swore I wouldn't do it again, but I gave in, and nope, still don't like it. In return, I made him ride Triceratop Spin. We didn't feel too strange - we weren't the only geezers doing it! Then back to EE, so Peter could ride it one more time before lunch.

I've mentioned before that hubby does not like making dining reservations - he likes to feel he's not on any schedule while we are on vacation. But this time I had made two ADR's without telling him, and today was Yak and Yeti. I fessed up while we were walking towards the restaurant, and he took it pretty well. I figured he'd forgive me once lunch was served, but he was pretty happy to have a place to have lunch already decided. We were a little early, but we had no problem getting seated early. We were upstairs, overlooking the street, and I really liked the decor and service. I had the honey chicken, Peter had the seafood curry, and we shared the fried wonton dessert. Yummy! Thank you everyone for recommending this! We took our time, relaxed and enjoyed the food, and then decided to head out of the park and go for a swim. We had seen the Lion King Show in May, and done Nemo on Tuesday, so didn't feel we had missed anything. I actually got a hug for having made the reservation! laugh At which point I fessed up again, and told him we had another ADR for Sunday at Liberty Tree Tavern. Big smile again - he decided he should let me plan all our trips this way!

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Ohhh yummy! I think I need to try Yak & Yeti on this upcoming trip!! That dessert looks delicious!

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Nom nom nom! The Yak & Yeti food looks fantastic, I love that dessert because it's not cloyingly sweet it's just about perfect to me!

How fantastic that he enjoyed having those reservations, next time you won't have to sneak them in! Oh the possibilities.

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Day 4 continued

We spent a leisurely couple of hours around the pool, and then went back to our room. After our humongous lunch, we figured we would probably not want anything else for the day, but it was 5 p.m., and we both confessed we could eat again. So off to Epcot to try some more goodies. We knew it would be a zoo, since it was a Friday night, but thought we would just grab a few things, and deal with the crowds. It actually wasn't too crowded when we arrived, but by the time we left, it was a zoo!

We started at the Mexico side this time, and Peter's eyes lit up when he saw Australia's shrimp on the barbie. He said he could have eaten two orders of that with no trouble at all. Then on to South Africa, where we shared the Filet of Beef and the spinach and paneer cheese pocket. The beef was excellent - fork tender, and the sweet potatoes were a good accompaniment. I was surprised how much I liked the cheese pocket - it was a little spicy, and quite large, so easy to share. Two thumbs up for both.

We stopped at Italy to get a cannoli - it was good, but nothing spectacular. With sharing, it was about 2 small bites each. Peter decided he still wanted something else, and his sweet tooth was still calling, so we walked down to Belgium, and got one of the waffles with berry compote. This was terrific! It wasn't any more expensive than the cannoli or the apple strudel, but quite large and fresh tasting. Enthusiastic thumbs up! laugh

By now it was hard to move for the crowds, and a few drunks had already appeared, so we caught the boat over to Canada and started out of the park. We stopped at Cool Club and got some ginger ale, and then rode Spaceship Earth before we headed for the buses. This is one of our favourite attractions, and was a perfect way to end the evening. We got to the bus stop, and our bus was just arriving - perfect timing. We were the ONLY people on the bus for the entire ride - the driver had great fun with that, calling himself our personal chauffeur. When we got back to our room, we had a towel creature. Mousekeeping had done us a bunny, so we had bunny ears on our TV. laugh

Sorry - I know I took a picture of the Belgium waffle, but I can't find it. sad

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nikkirugby13 wrote:
Ohhh yummy! I think I need to try Yak & Yeti on this upcoming trip!! That dessert looks delicious!

We had never tried this either, but everyone here just raves about it. Count me in on that now! It's a perfect mix of sweet and tart - the pineapple balances the cream cheese and wontons, and of course ice cream is always appropriate with anything! I don't think I could have eaten an entire order myself - it's the perfect amount to share.

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Nom nom nom! The Yak & Yeti food looks fantastic, I love that dessert because it's not cloyingly sweet it's just about perfect to me!

How fantastic that he enjoyed having those reservations, next time you won't have to sneak them in! Oh the possibilities.

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You read my mind! laugh There are so many places I would like to try - every time someone posts food pictures, I think "I'd like that!" I swear I put on weight just reading this forum! laugh

Peter was a little concerned when he first got his seafood curry - he didn't see much seafood, and thought he should have ordered something else. Then he dug under the rice a little, and oh my gosh! There was enough food in that bowl to feed a family! He said it was perfectly seasoned, cooked, and presented, and he ate every last scrap of it.

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finngirl wrote:
Kristen K. wrote:
Nom nom nom! The Yak & Yeti food looks fantastic, I love that dessert because it's not cloyingly sweet it's just about perfect to me!

How fantastic that he enjoyed having those reservations, next time you won't have to sneak them in! Oh the possibilities.

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You read my mind! laugh There are so many places I would like to try - every time someone posts food pictures, I think "I'd like that!" I swear I put on weight just reading this forum! laugh

Peter was a little concerned when he first got his seafood curry - he didn't see much seafood, and thought he should have ordered something else. Then he dug under the rice a little, and oh my gosh! There was enough food in that bowl to feed a family! He said it was perfectly seasoned, cooked, and presented, and he ate every last scrap of it.

Now I MUST go to Yak & Yeti LOL!!!

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Day 3Then we stopped at Japan. Peter had the Sukiyaki Beef Pan and I had the Karaage Hand roll. These were both excellent - one of the best values of all the things we tried.

Is this the chicken roll? That's on my list of things to try! I love sushi but I don't eat sea food at all, let alone raw. I was so excited to see the chicken option on the menu. The only thing is that I've never seen a hand roll rolled quite like that. It looks messy to me. Is it messy? And is it good?!

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Day 3Then we stopped at Japan. Peter had the Sukiyaki Beef Pan and I had the Karaage Hand roll. These were both excellent - one of the best values of all the things we tried.

Is this the chicken roll? That's on my list of things to try! I love sushi but I don't eat sea food at all, let alone raw. I was so excited to see the chicken option on the menu. The only thing is that I've never seen a hand roll rolled quite like that. It looks messy to me. Is it messy? And is it good?!

Yes, this is the chicken roll. I don't eat sushi either, and am not a fan of seafood in general, so I was excited to find this too. The only messy thing about it is the spicy dressing they drizzle over it. It's really nice chicken breast strips, and the rice on the outside holds together quite well. The dark band at the bottom is edible seaweed, so you don't need a knife and fork - just hold it by the seaweed, and chow down. It's surprisingly filling, and I loved it.

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Cool, thanks! How spicy is the drizzle? Maybe I should just ask them to put it on the side of the plate for me.

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MsVersaci wrote:
This trip report is great! I love reading about relaxing, calm trips! And chocolate IS a major food group!!!

Have you been to Rainforest Cafe as well? If so, which do you find better?

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What are you talking about?!? Chocolate is a food group! SHe scared me there for a minute by implying that it wasn't.

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I loved reading your report! I'm so glad you had a great trip. We probably walked pass each other a few times lol

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Cool, thanks! How spicy is the drizzle? Maybe I should just ask them to put it on the side of the plate for me.

Once again I am with you Kristen. I always ask if an time is spicy and they say "Oh no" or "Just a little you will not notice it" They say No but my ulcer saya "Oh yes it is", I just stick to on the side please since everyone's taste are a little different.

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Cool, thanks! How spicy is the drizzle? Maybe I should just ask them to put it on the side of the plate for me.

I don't like really spicy things - I would rate this maybe a 6? It's got a bit of a punch to it, but it didn't seem to last in my mouth for hours afterwards. If you aren't sure, having the drizzle on the side is a great idea. You can just "dunk" your roll in and see if you like it or not.

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I loved reading your report! I'm so glad you had a great trip. We probably walked pass each other a few times lol

I looked for your shirts, since you had described them before you left, but never spotted you! That would have been so cool to run into you in one of the parks!

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Day 5

This was Saturday, and we knew that all the parks would be a little nuts. We decided to return to Hollywood Studios for the morning to ride our favourite things. Peter headed over to Tower of Terror, while I got fastpasses again for Toy Story. He did TT a couple of times, we did TS, and then pulled fastpasses again, even though the return time was already at 5:30. We rode Star Tours again - still no Jessi! sad Then we found Writer's Stop, and had a carrot cake cookie. Wow - that is as big as it looks in the picture! Perfect for sharing.

Then we did the Great Movie Ride, and found a nice couple to give our fastpasses to, and walked down to the dock to catch the boat to the boardwalk. We walked around, poked in the stores, and then stopped at the Big River Brewing Company for lunch. We just had chicken sandwiches - nothing all that special. It wasn't very busy, so service was fast and pleasant. Then we hopped the boat again, and caught a bus at HS for the resort. We had decided this would be an even more relaxing day, so we spent the afternoon by the pool, trying to get a bit of a tan so we didn't look so pasty white!

At around 6, we decided to pop into the MK for dinner. I had heard everyone rave about the waffle sandwiches at Sleepy Hollow, and we decided to give them a try. It was a bit of a wait, but SO worth it! There was so much fruit, and the nutella was a perfect compliment. Fabulous value - just over $13 for two! Then off to Pirates and Haunted Mansion, and a trip on the people mover (I refuse to change the name!). Since we would be returning to MK in the morning, we called it a night and headed home.

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Diana

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