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Hey all!

It is HOT in the world!! Heat index yesterday of 105 yuck . However, we true Disney nuts would never let weather squelch the magic (like the post office...."come rain, come hail...?).

So here is the beginning of a trip report for my last run before school starts. Arrived yesterday afternoon a little later than anticipated - you just cannot plan for an overturned tractor trailer on I-75. I have a litttle "list" in my head of things I would like to do that I have not done yet, but you know how that goes. I tend to run with a loose schedule, as I do not make many ADRs (no dining plan, and not a huge eater), BUT there are a few things I am going to try to squeeze in:

Ghiradellis
Art of Animation - gotta try that salad bar
Pop Century
Animal Kingdom Lodge
Monorail crawl to Poly, GF, Contemporary
Boat ride to PO from DTD
A MICKEY BAR - can you beleive I have never had one????
U2 tribute band at Epcot

I checked into my hotel last night and went straight to DTD to cross Ghiradellis off the list! They have coffee flavored ice cream...nom nom nom. And you can get a single scoop there, which is what I needed. I also scarfed down that free sample. Will have to stop there every day and get one. Also blew through the incredibly crowded World of Disney store (everyone was trying to get out of the 105 degree heat) and picked up a Tinker Bell coffee mug for my set (the "mornings aren't magical" one...those are just the best mugs).

Then hit MK....have to see Main Street to know I am here. Walked in right as the street party parade was coming down the street - curbside view! Went straight to get FP for Peter Pan (favorite fantasy ride), then hoofed over to see Laugh Floor. LOVE it. Rode People Mover...they were having lots of technical issues, and I saw my first LINE for this ride. It was hot, folks wanted to cool off. cool

Since FP was not till 9:25, I cruised around to see what I could get into easily, then ate at one of my favorite counter service places in the world, Columbia Harbour House. LOVE that salmon, broccolli, and couscous.

Got to scoot into Pooh, the Carousel, and Small World. Got a FP for Dumbo to ride it at night...I made a note to ride this in the daytime before I leave so I can see over that Fantasyland wall!!! They have added stuff just since I was here in early July. I now see an ornate "wall" area near the fence. Making progress.

Caught Wishes in Fantasyland beside the Carousel....GREAT spot for the fireworks. I waited in front of the castle last trip, and that is cool too. But this was great for FW if you don't mind not having the castle in the background.

Since the crowds to leave were huge, I made my way over to the haunted mansion....NEVER rode it at night. Very cool. Never noticed that the windows to the mansion have lights that look like ghosts walking by the window. Creepy. And the CM made it very fun too. He opened the door to let us in and shouted abruptly "your time has come!" eek

So today is now Day One officially (although I always get a lot of milaeage out of arrival day). Thoughts for today: hmmm, Epcot/HS, end up tonight at Illuminations, maybe lunch at AoA, who knows....

Oh, I almost forgot: check your receipts at Columbia Harbour House.....mine has a 20% coupon for Mouse Geer, DTD World of Disney, and other park "main" stores to be used before noon! I am all over that. It is not good for CDs or DVDs...rats, I wanted the Four Parks One World....but it is good for everything else. I see a new Disney T in my future...and who knows what else.

Later! Will try to get some pics today.

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Great report so far Doc! Have fun. Waiting for more.

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Whoo hooo! Sounds like you're off to a great start! I can't wait to hear how today goes for you! mickey

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Great start! Have fun!

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I envy you... I love the magic, but don't love it that much! lol

Wish I could.... but 105?!?!?! beach

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Great trip report...Hope you have a blast...And props to you for being there in 105 heat...I love Disney but I don't do heat well and don't think I could do it when it's that hot

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Disneydoc - You are awesome for giving us a play-by-play right when you're there!! I'm always too tired to recap after a long day, but you ROCK!! Keep us updated...you got a lot crammed into that first day....overturned tractor trailers be darned!! Smile

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We saw 2U Weds and wondered if you were there yet. They are awesome as usual, we may go catch them again tonight since it's their last night. Let me know what you think if you see them. We enjoy the Sounds Like Summer series with the tribute bands.

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Day One

I know you will all appreciate this. The highlight of my Day One adventures? The CARROT CAKE COOKIE at Writer's Stop in HS. OMG.......heaven, heaven. And yes, I ate the whole thing. muchlove

I started off by driving over to Epcot in the AM, and snagged a really close place in AMAZE. Amazing (sorry). I played a little while there, then caught the bus to Art of Animation to check it out. I walked all over the resort, and figured that the Cars area must be Disney's nod to WDW instead of giving us Cars Land like they have in CA. (But I would rather have Cars Land!!). The theming is really cute, though. The Nemo section takes the cake in my opinion " the pool is awesome. I wanted to pool crash, but we just don't do that, I know. silly

I then hit the Landscape of Flavors to see what the fuss is all about with that build your own salad thing. I thought I was going to get to actually pile stuff on my own salad. However, the smiling CM did that...and I therefore got a very tasty salad, but still wondered what was for lunch after I ate it! I am not a huge eater, but I do need a little more than three bites of chicken on my salad there. Some CS meals around the world are a better "value" than others. This one was delicious and fresh, but just not enough for my $10. But still glad I tried it.

I then walked across the short little bridge to Pop Century, and explored that place too. It is a lot bigger! (Animation has two unfinished sections). Again, fun theming! Cute little washcloth "animals" in every room window. Very nice shopping areas in both of these resorts, and a nice pool, but not as "fun" as the Animation one, in my opinion. Found it a bit scary that I have been alive for all of these decades!!!! (OK, born in 59, don't remember much about that one). I walked around the resort and said "yeh, I had that toy" a million times.

Then caught a bus to HS for the afternoon with the express purpose of getting a great snack. I was actually going for the cappuchino cupcake at Pizza Planet, but the line was WAY too long, and I was still hungry. So I headed over to the Writer's Stop...and the rest is history. I will now visit this place for THAT cookie every time I am in the world.

Then the Muppets. My children and I were huge Muppets fans when they were young (oh, 20 years ago), and watching Muppet Christmas Carol is an annual tradition for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. They all now own their own copies, have the soundtrack, and have continued this. It brings us together now even if we are apart.

Cruised around the studios enjoying the sights, then hoofed it back over to Epcot for some music and evening fun. Stopped by the Boardwalk to check out that resort. I must say that I misjudged that place " it is stunning inside. Very posh. I waited around for the carousel to play, but it never did. sad

Found that Coke place in Epcot....tried some flavors. Mr. Hub, you are right...Beverly is "interesting." yuck Not my fav. I LOVED the Ginger Ale from Mozambique, the Watermelon flavored stuff from Japan, and the fruity Mexico one. Will try more today perhaps.

Enjoyed my favs in Epcot...have to ride Spaceship Earth. Then the primary purpose for this evening " the U2 tribute band. They were pretty good, but did not compare to Bon Jovi in my opinion. The crowd was kinda sedate too. Maybe the heat!!

I chowed down on that yummy salmon and green bean plate at Sunshine Seasons for dinner, took in a few performances around the Showcase, then staggered back to the hotel. I walked WAY more than I thought I did....I was achin'.

But ready to go this AM!

So today.....that cappuchino cupcake....visit more resorts...maybe the ones that you can get to via the boat from DTD. Wanna see Animal Kingdom Lodge. Who knows????

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I do agree with you about 2u not being quite as good as Slippery When Wet. The lead singer is sometimes awkward in his movements trying to mimic Bono, Mike laughs out loud at him when he tries to jump with his leg out. Slippery When Wet is the best we've seen, with the Eagles tribute band (can't think of their name) a close second, they were really good too. They are all higher quality musicians though, Can't imagine Disney getting someone awful.
So far we have seen every one in this series silly

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You are my hero! The heat, the fun, the Magic!! Enjoy an extra Mickey bar or me! yay

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I haven't heard anything about Dole Whip yet! waiting gaah

Yes Beverly is "interesting" isn't it. A little Gin with it would be nice!

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mrhub wrote:
I haven't heard anything about Dole Whip yet! waiting gaah

Yes Beverly is "interesting" isn't it. A little Gin with it would be nice!

Gin and Beverly? Hub, you are a genius!!

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Day Two

If you haven't taken the boat from DTD to the PO and RS resorts, you gotta do it. A nice break from the heat, gets you off your feet, and the treehouses are cool too. I am now in love with PO, and I see why some of you love it too! Very laid back, shady. It is a nice break from the frenetic pace of Disney touring. The theming is amazing, of course. Riverside is stately and elegant. One day, maybe. crossfingers

I also conducted some research at HS on those infamous Butterfinger and Cappachino cupcakes I have read about. After talking to CMs, I found that they are both WAY too much chocolate for me (I know, some of you are gasping right now), so I was forced to have another Carrot Cake Cookie.

I then saw Beauty and the Beast again...that guy playing Gaston is hilarious and has a kicker voice too. I have seen that show several times this summer just for him.

Hoofed it back over to Epcot (my favorite park) for some music. I saw 2U at 5:45, caught some dinner at Sunshine Seasons (I just love the music in there " so calming...I look up the whole time at those balloons), then went back for the 8:15 set. (Saw the 7 PM set yesterday). They were "on" tonight...both sets were really good. Although I still like Slippery When Wet better (probably because I like the music better), these guys are quite good. Julie, I am SO bummed that I did not read your post before last night....could have met you and DH. I hope we can do that next time I am here.

Mr. Hub, I hear your request for a Dole Whip report. No worries....that will come when I visit Poly, or maybe at the MK. I have attempted to make myself try new stuff...but as you see with my Carrot Cookie repeat, some stuff merits having over and over. Dole Whip is in that category.
So today?....wanna see AK resorts, the Lion King show and Nemo show and Kilamanjaro ride....who knows what else. Might end up with British Invasion at Epcot tonight " love that park so much.

Onward! (in the heat)
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Ollie wrote:
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I haven't heard anything about Dole Whip yet! waiting gaah

Yes Beverly is "interesting" isn't it. A little Gin with it would be nice!

Gin and Beverly? Hub, you are a genius!!

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disneydoc wrote:
I also conducted some research at HS on those infamous Butterfinger and Cappachino cupcakes I have read about. After talking to CMs, I found that they are both WAY too much chocolate for me (I know, some of you are gasping right now), so I was forced to have another Carrot Cake Cookie.

"forced" rolling

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Doc you are definitely In the Disney mood. Tallyho and onward!

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Carrot Cake Cookie --- I am THERE!!!

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Mike and I are heading over to the world tomorrow morning, not sure how long you are here for, but I will message you my # call or text me and if you want we can meet up if you're still here?

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disneydoc wrote:

I also conducted some research at HS on those infamous Butterfinger and Cappachino cupcakes I have read about. After talking to CMs, I found that they are both WAY too much chocolate for me (I know, some of you are gasping right now), so I was forced to have another Carrot Cake Cookie.

WAY too much chocolate? Wait . . . What? What is this madness of which you speak? Wink

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Day Three

Mission accomplished! Lion King, Nemo, K. Safari, British Revolution (keep saying Invasion....), check! No Dole Whip, but ice cream at Hollywood Scoops. Caught those hilarious acts on Sunset Boulevard with the street entertainment guys. One said I was the "most wholesome woman he had ever seen standing by a lamp post." Good. Teachers should be (or at least look) wholesome. wink

Also "trekked" (sorry) over to Animal Kingdom lodge. Wow, is Jambo House cool!!! Will go back in November to see a huge tree in that lobby. Also enjoyed the animal viewing. I love the store in Jambo too, and those restuarants smelled incredible.

The only down side to this day was all the waiting around for WDW transportation! I decided to park and ride today, and I literally spent 2 or more hours waiting for stuff. I am kinda spoiled on having my little Honda to scoot around in.

I lunched at Earl of Sandwich before heading over to AK this AM....their salads are AMAZING and so cheap! I will probably go back today again, as I can eat there 2 times for the price of one CS, with that AP discount..... biggrin

Ended the day with another first - parking at the Boardwalk (thank you Julie for the tip). I could go see BR in Epcot, stroll the Boardwalk at night (very cool) and then decide to either go to HS for Fantasmic or head back to the hotel. I opted for choice 2, as there is something in Florida that is making my sinuses nuts! Inhaled too much pixie dust today probably. silly

So today...hoping to meet up with Julie & DH, visit the MK monorail resorts, and ride the boat over the WL too. Then a little MK, and who knows. And Mr. Hub, I will so try to squeeze in a Dole Whip in your honor.

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Awesome reports!! mickey

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Wow! really sounds like you are having a great time. clapping

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Sounds good. awesome We park at Boardwalk or Beach Club all the time.

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Wait a minute.... Carrot Cake Cookie? It was a carrot cake whoopie pie when I was there at the end of May.

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I think they carry both.

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I stand corrected, but in name only. I am a New Hampshire native and resident. We have different names for things. For example, I am presently drinking a bottle of "tonic", not soda or pop. The label on the bottle of tonic says Diet Coke.

The little slice of heaven I am holding in the picture is officially called a carrot cake cookie. I say officially because the Disney Food Blog refers to it as a carrot cake cookie and that, for my money, makes it official. Therefore, corrected I stand.

http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2010/07/12/you-wont-believe-this-snack-carrot-cake-cookie/

Who would have thought that a whoopie pie is actually a New England and Pennsylvania thing? At least it is according to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whoopie_pie ).

In conclusion I would like to paraphrase another guy named Bill: "What's in a name? That which we call a carrot cake cookie by any other name would taste as wicked pissah."

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Loved your description of AKL. Made me feel like i was back at home Smile

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Love your trip report. It sounds like you are having such a great time!

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GREAT trip report! Can't wait to hear the rest! Sounds like you're having a fantastic time despite the heat cool

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Great trip report!! I'm going to add that carrot cake cookie to my "must try" list!!

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