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Honeymoon planning!

intercot.com - Thu, 2017-03-23 02:19
We are planning our honeymoon to Disney for December 2nd-9th. We plan on going to the Christmas party and we are doing the dining plan. We thought about upgrading to a moderate resort but decided to save money and stay at Pop Century to hopefully try new experiences at WDW. Any ideas are appreciated because maybe we haven't tried it yet or forgot about it and want to try it as a newly wed couple! :mickey:
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Honeymoon planning!

intercot.com - Thu, 2017-03-23 02:19
We are planning our honeymoon to Disney for December 2nd-9th. We plan on going to the Christmas party and we are doing the dining plan. We thought about upgrading to a moderate resort but decided to save money and stay at Pop Century to hopefully try new experiences at WDW. Any ideas are appreciated because maybe we haven't tried it yet or forgot about it and want to try it as a newly wed couple! :mickey:
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Episode 1556 - The Next 50 Years + LQs

wdwtoday.com - Wed, 2017-03-22 14:00
With Pirates celebrating 50 years of amazingness, we talk about what WDW may look like in 50 years. What stays, what goes and so much more. !
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Fashion shoot for GQ at the Magic Kingdom

TheDisneyBlog.com - Wed, 2017-03-22 11:42

The usual style you see at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is closer to cargo shorts, t-shirt, and flip-flops than high fashion, but the UK’s GQ Style magazine just kicked the level up a couple of notches with their first ever menswear fashion shoot at Walt Disney World Resort in...

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Food and Wine Classic returns to Swan and Dolphin Oct 27-28

TheDisneyBlog.com - Wed, 2017-03-22 11:24

Seminars are filling up for the 8th Annual Food and Wine Classic at the Swan and Dolphin Resort on October 27 and 28, 2017. Whether you get tickets for just one day, or the weekend, this is Orlando’s premiere opportunity to sample wines from around the world and savor culinary...

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DIS Unplugged Podcast – 03/21/17 – Disney World Show

disunplugged.com - Wed, 2017-03-22 03:29
In this episode, Disney explains why Pandora will be relatable for people who haven’t seen Avatar, Disney will pay out $3.8 million to cast members for labor violations, and Beauty and the Beast scores big at the box office. Want to get in touch? Check out our contact page. Podcasts 03/21/17 – News: [Download Mp3] Show [...]
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Artist draws portrait of Moana in Real Life

TheDisneyBlog.com - Wed, 2017-03-22 02:18

“Moana” has blazed trails across the ocean and the box office, recently passing $600 million worldwide. Disney’s Polynesian Princess might be the studios’ strongest female lead yet. Many have commented how Disney’s latest princess is drawn as an independent powerful young woman with a realistic body type. You know, someone...

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Cars 3 from Pixar hitting the road in promotional tour

TheDisneyBlog.com - Wed, 2017-03-22 02:09

Pixar is bringing its “Cars 3” team on the road to Disney Springs and other towns across the us on the “Road to the Races” tour. Fans of #95 Lightning McQueen are invited to gear up for the upcoming big-screen release. Life-size, character look-alikes of five-time Piston-Cup champion Lightning McQueen,...

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Pixar shares title poster for next animated short – “Lou”

TheDisneyBlog.com - Wed, 2017-03-22 01:16

A new title card for Pixar’s next animated short – “Lou” was released today. The short will accompany “Cars 3” when its released this June. “Lou” as you might be able to tell from the poster is about items you might find in a “Lost and Found.” Lou, himself, is...

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Party of 20

intercot.com - Tue, 2017-03-21 23:38
What restaurant would you recommend for a very large party of 20 people? What place could accomodate all of us at the same "table?"
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Party of 20

intercot.com - Tue, 2017-03-21 23:38
What restaurant would you recommend for a very large party of 20 people? What place could accomodate all of us at the same "table?"
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Spring (Break) Weekend Day 3 Sat March 18th

intercot.com - Tue, 2017-03-21 23:37
Saturday dawned a bit warmer an we got up early again. I was a little worried about tackling the Studios without FP (I had them for later in the day at Epcot.). So we left WL by car at 8am for 9am opening. Security was a little more hectic and but were still in and waiting a little behind Starbucks by 8:45. They didn't drop the rope until right at 9am and we headed to Tower of Terror (Leslie's choice.). We got right on and it was a quick ride, RnRC was already 50 mins by the time we got off at 9:15 so we decided since we had done it yesterday we would hurry over to Toy Story and waited only around 15 mins. Great ride but by the time we got off it was 55 mins :(. We headed to Star Tours and rode (me with my eyes shut as this ride makes me really sick for some reason.). By this time we were done doing the main things we wanted and all the rides were over an hour (some 90 mins.). So we drove back to WL and had a nice early lunch by the water at the new Gyser Point. I had the crab cake sandwich (just ok) and fries, they were kind of a battered waffle fry. Leslie had the Bison burger which he said had something sweet on it (I'd have to go back and look at menu.). It was an ok meal, really nice setting. I will say the menu there only has a few things. I missed the pasta and flatbreads at Roaring Fork.

We were still in a relaxed mode (ha ha) and we decided to head to Epcot via boat to Contemp, monorail to TTC and monorail to Epcot and it went great. Pretty day. We arrived at Epcot just in time for our FP for Spaceship earth and we thanked the Phoenicians for you all. We then hit our FP for Soarin, the Seas, rode Figment and considered Test Track but it was 160 mins!! We headed back to World Showcase for some drinks and snacks at LaCava. We had to wait about 45 mins for a table and the drinks were just not great, and they took forever to get. We had two each plus the dip trio and it was $100. Ouch.

World Showcase was VERY crowded, like couldn't walk, people stepping on each other busy. Like Leslie got stepped on or run over about 10 times by strollers and scooters and I sort of sensed he was done. We had 7:30 ADRs at Via Napoli and it was 6:30 but I just knew we were not going to make it. So I asked if he might want to go back to the hotel again and he was very glad for that option. I was slightly bummed to miss my only chance at Illuminations but it really was the best thing to do.

We were able to walk right onto a bus and just relaxed at the hotel in our pjs and watched tv and just hung out. We ordered a room service pizza at about 8:30. Don't ever do this. It was like the worst cooked frozen pizza I have ever had and it was $40 for pizza with pepperoni and 1/2 with mushrooms. It was terrible and we ate 3 pieces total. Oh well.

I feel like a lot of what I typed about today was negative and it was def not a perfect day but we did get to ride the rides we wanted in both parks even with the crowds and we didn't have any issues personally other than eating some bad pizza so still a good day :)
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Spring (Break) Weekend Day 3 Sat March 18th

intercot.com - Tue, 2017-03-21 23:37
Saturday dawned a bit warmer an we got up early again. I was a little worried about tackling the Studios without FP (I had them for later in the day at Epcot.). So we left WL by car at 8am for 9am opening. Security was a little more hectic and but were still in and waiting a little behind Starbucks by 8:45. They didn't drop the rope until right at 9am and we headed to Tower of Terror (Leslie's choice.). We got right on and it was a quick ride, RnRC was already 50 mins by the time we got off at 9:15 so we decided since we had done it yesterday we would hurry over to Toy Story and waited only around 15 mins. Great ride but by the time we got off it was 55 mins :(. We headed to Star Tours and rode (me with my eyes shut as this ride makes me really sick for some reason.). By this time we were done doing the main things we wanted and all the rides were over an hour (some 90 mins.). So we drove back to WL and had a nice early lunch by the water at the new Gyser Point. I had the crab cake sandwich (just ok) and fries, they were kind of a battered waffle fry. Leslie had the Bison burger which he said had something sweet on it (I'd have to go back and look at menu.). It was an ok meal, really nice setting. I will say the menu there only has a few things. I missed the pasta and flatbreads at Roaring Fork.

We were still in a relaxed mode (ha ha) and we decided to head to Epcot via boat to Contemp, monorail to TTC and monorail to Epcot and it went great. Pretty day. We arrived at Epcot just in time for our FP for Spaceship earth and we thanked the Phoenicians for you all. We then hit our FP for Soarin, the Seas, rode Figment and considered Test Track but it was 160 mins!! We headed back to World Showcase for some drinks and snacks at LaCava. We had to wait about 45 mins for a table and the drinks were just not great, and they took forever to get. We had two each plus the dip trio and it was $100. Ouch.

World Showcase was VERY crowded, like couldn't walk, people stepping on each other busy. Like Leslie got stepped on or run over about 10 times by strollers and scooters and I sort of sensed he was done. We had 7:30 ADRs at Via Napoli and it was 6:30 but I just knew we were not going to make it. So I asked if he might want to go back to the hotel again and he was very glad for that option. I was slightly bummed to miss my only chance at Illuminations but it really was the best thing to do.

We were able to walk right onto a bus and just relaxed at the hotel in our pjs and watched tv and just hung out. We ordered a room service pizza at about 8:30. Don't ever do this. It was like the worst cooked frozen pizza I have ever had and it was $40 for pizza with pepperoni and 1/2 with mushrooms. It was terrible and we ate 3 pieces total. Oh well.

I feel like a lot of what I typed about today was negative and it was def not a perfect day but we did get to ride the rides we wanted in both parks even with the crowds and we didn't have any issues personally other than eating some bad pizza so still a good day :)
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Spring (Break) Weekend Trip Day 2-Friday March 17th

intercot.com - Tue, 2017-03-21 22:41
I should premise today by mentioning we don't have kids. I sort of assumed Spring Break for most kids was later this year since Easter was late. I was wrong ;)

We were up early (we are up at 6 everyday so we just don't sleep in.). We got ready pretty relaxed and drove over to Animal Kingdom about 45 mins before opening. We parked in Dinosaur (I'd never parked that far out before rope drop.). We rode the shuttle in and found that the security and ticket area was very well organized. We were able to walk pretty far in (across the first bridge) to wait for rope drop. Even getting there as early as we did we waited about 40 mins for a first thing ride on the Safari. I will say we were rewarded with one of the best ones I have ever been on. Lots of animals and so many of them were super close. Leslie said "I could have touched a rhino today!" :).

After this we had FP for Dinosaur and Everest and did the jungle trek in the back. Tigers and Kimono dragon were both inside due to cold and not available so we saw...bats. Next it was a viewing of Tough to be a Bug (hubs still jumps when he gets stung ha ha!). Then it was time for our last FP of the morning on the Safari again. As soon as I scanned our bands I went online to make a FP for MK (which is where we were headed later in the day.). That's when I realized we had a problem. There weren't any. Like none. Ok there were some for Stitch, Tea Cups and that was it. I knew then that MK wasn't going to be a good idea. I checked around and on a fluke got FP for 1:00 for RnRC at the Studios. Since we were headed there the next morning without FP and noticing how busy it was I thought I should grab it. (Good thing because it was the only time I saw them available our entire trip for that ride.).

Then we had a little problem though, it was 12:20 when we finished our Safari, no time to eat at AK and we hadn't eaten all day. So we stopped at the Disney McDonalds on our drive to the Studios. Wow what a rip off, I thought at least it would be a cheap meal...ha. Combos are about twice the price as at home. But it was quick and we made to the Studios, through security and in and to RnRC 10 mins before our FP expired. After that I grabbed a FP for Great Movie ride which Les has only done once (and was 50 mins standby) so another thing to check off our list. By then we couldn't get any more FP and the place was mobbed so we drove back to the Wilderness Lodge.

We relaxed, still too cold for the pool, and had some cocktails and had to handle some work issues. We headed back out with some to-go drinks and followed yesterdays path to Contemp by boat and then thankfully to the Poly via monorail with no issues what so ever. We checked in for our 8:00 Ohana ADR and waited...and waited...and waited. And got drinks...and waited. At almost 9 we were seated. We were in the middle of the room but at a 4 person table so we could both face the windows and see Wishes. Dinner was very good. Everything came in good time, was tasty and hot and we had no problem requesting some medium rare beef and some A1 for my steak guy. It's a win-win meal for us.

We felt like the transport gods were still on our side and we monrailed back to Contemp and very quickly got a boat back to WL. It was very speedy (and not as cold!) A fairly accomplished day even with the crowds.
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Spring (Break) Weekend Trip Day 2-Friday March 17th

intercot.com - Tue, 2017-03-21 22:41
I should premise today by mentioning we don't have kids. I sort of assumed Spring Break for most kids was later this year since Easter was late. I was wrong ;)

We were up early (we are up at 6 everyday so we just don't sleep in.). We got ready pretty relaxed and drove over to Animal Kingdom about 45 mins before opening. We parked in Dinosaur (I'd never parked that far out before rope drop.). We rode the shuttle in and found that the security and ticket area was very well organized. We were able to walk pretty far in (across the first bridge) to wait for rope drop. Even getting there as early as we did we waited about 40 mins for a first thing ride on the Safari. I will say we were rewarded with one of the best ones I have ever been on. Lots of animals and so many of them were super close. Leslie said "I could have touched a rhino today!" :).

After this we had FP for Dinosaur and Everest and did the jungle trek in the back. Tigers and Kimono dragon were both inside due to cold and not available so we saw...bats. Next it was a viewing of Tough to be a Bug (hubs still jumps when he gets stung ha ha!). Then it was time for our last FP of the morning on the Safari again. As soon as I scanned our bands I went online to make a FP for MK (which is where we were headed later in the day.). That's when I realized we had a problem. There weren't any. Like none. Ok there were some for Stitch, Tea Cups and that was it. I knew then that MK wasn't going to be a good idea. I checked around and on a fluke got FP for 1:00 for RnRC at the Studios. Since we were headed there the next morning without FP and noticing how busy it was I thought I should grab it. (Good thing because it was the only time I saw them available our entire trip for that ride.).

Then we had a little problem though, it was 12:20 when we finished our Safari, no time to eat at AK and we hadn't eaten all day. So we stopped at the Disney McDonalds on our drive to the Studios. Wow what a rip off, I thought at least it would be a cheap meal...ha. Combos are about twice the price as at home. But it was quick and we made to the Studios, through security and in and to RnRC 10 mins before our FP expired. After that I grabbed a FP for Great Movie ride which Les has only done once (and was 50 mins standby) so another thing to check off our list. By then we couldn't get any more FP and the place was mobbed so we drove back to the Wilderness Lodge.

We relaxed, still too cold for the pool, and had some cocktails and had to handle some work issues. We headed back out with some to-go drinks and followed yesterdays path to Contemp by boat and then thankfully to the Poly via monorail with no issues what so ever. We checked in for our 8:00 Ohana ADR and waited...and waited...and waited. And got drinks...and waited. At almost 9 we were seated. We were in the middle of the room but at a 4 person table so we could both face the windows and see Wishes. Dinner was very good. Everything came in good time, was tasty and hot and we had no problem requesting some medium rare beef and some A1 for my steak guy. It's a win-win meal for us.

We felt like the transport gods were still on our side and we monrailed back to Contemp and very quickly got a boat back to WL. It was very speedy (and not as cold!) A fairly accomplished day even with the crowds.
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Spring (Break) Weekend Trip-Day 1 March 16

intercot.com - Tue, 2017-03-21 22:24
So I thought I would try to take a few mins to type up the very good, slightly bad and a bit ugly from our trip this past weekend.

Cast-Me-39-Many Many trips
Hubby-53-3rd trip

I'm happy to say I feel like my better half is finally coming along as far as enjoyment of Disney related things. He'll never be as big of a fan as I am but I do feel like he was looking forward to it.

We left out Thursday at 6am to beat traffic and arrived just a bit after 1:30 or so. Just a gas stop and an Arby's stop on the way. Weather was chilly when we arrived and original pool plans were scrapped. Wilderness Lodge is still a favorite but I will be very ready to have construction done. My last 4 trips there have been marred by construction.

They tried to give us a room on the first floor that looked out onto an construction fence. Literally just that, nothing else so luckily we were able to swap to a room on the third floor but we had to give up our King bed. Worth it. I was actually sick (again) and happier in my own queen bed as I was trying not to get hubby sick. We were also happy later in the weekend to realize how many people were walking past those first floor rooms to get to the boat dock since the main exit by Roaring Fork was closed off (and Roaring Fork was closed as well.). We unpacked, had some cocktails (love being able to drive and bring whatever we want!). Then we set off for exploring. We started off checking out the new Gyser Point area at WL, very nice. They had some heaters going and it was quite a nice area, a great addition to the resort. Next it was time to head out (bundled up big time!)

We boated our way to the Contemp via Fort Wilderness and just shopped, pin traded, drank and explored. Then it was monorail to Poly for more of the same, drink, shop, pin trade, repeat. This is where things got a little sticky. It was getting to be close (45 mins) from our ADR at The Wave back at the Contemp so we decided to skip Grand Floridian and monorail right back to the Contemp. Except the monorail never came...they kept telling us to wait until about 15 mins before our ADR when they told everyone to go take a boat to their destination. Well it was way too late to try to get there in any regular way. We would have had to boat, boat or boat, walk etc. So we resorted to Uber which of course since the monorail was down (come to find out it was both lines down) we had a bit of a wait and a higher price. So $9 (still not bad) and 15 mins late for our ADR we arrived. It must have been a bad omen. We waited a bit for a table that sort of faced a column and a wall but I figured, hey we were late. Also the place was mobbed. Probably busiest I have ever seen. It's usually pretty quiet. Service sufffered. It was 30 mins before we got a drink and our food didn't come for over an hour after we arrived. My scallops were an array of raw to burned. They also came full of sand. I sent it back and just asked for it to be removed from the bill, I wasn't waiting for something else. It was too bad that one of my favorites was a disappointment. But I really do feel like it was a fluke.

We caught a boat quickly back to the WL (a VERY cold ride.). But we were pooped and I was still feeling rotten so we slept pretty well.
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Spring (Break) Weekend Trip-Day 1 March 16

intercot.com - Tue, 2017-03-21 22:24
So I thought I would try to take a few mins to type up the very good, slightly bad and a bit ugly from our trip this past weekend.

Cast-Me-39-Many Many trips
Hubby-53-3rd trip

I'm happy to say I feel like my better half is finally coming along as far as enjoyment of Disney related things. He'll never be as big of a fan as I am but I do feel like he was looking forward to it.

We left out Thursday at 6am to beat traffic and arrived just a bit after 1:30 or so. Just a gas stop and an Arby's stop on the way. Weather was chilly when we arrived and original pool plans were scrapped. Wilderness Lodge is still a favorite but I will be very ready to have construction done. My last 4 trips there have been marred by construction.

They tried to give us a room on the first floor that looked out onto an construction fence. Literally just that, nothing else so luckily we were able to swap to a room on the third floor but we had to give up our King bed. Worth it. I was actually sick (again) and happier in my own queen bed as I was trying not to get hubby sick. We were also happy later in the weekend to realize how many people were walking past those first floor rooms to get to the boat dock since the main exit by Roaring Fork was closed off (and Roaring Fork was closed as well.). We unpacked, had some cocktails (love being able to drive and bring whatever we want!). Then we set off for exploring. We started off checking out the new Gyser Point area at WL, very nice. They had some heaters going and it was quite a nice area, a great addition to the resort. Next it was time to head out (bundled up big time!)

We boated our way to the Contemp via Fort Wilderness and just shopped, pin traded, drank and explored. Then it was monorail to Poly for more of the same, drink, shop, pin trade, repeat. This is where things got a little sticky. It was getting to be close (45 mins) from our ADR at The Wave back at the Contemp so we decided to skip Grand Floridian and monorail right back to the Contemp. Except the monorail never came...they kept telling us to wait until about 15 mins before our ADR when they told everyone to go take a boat to their destination. Well it was way too late to try to get there in any regular way. We would have had to boat, boat or boat, walk etc. So we resorted to Uber which of course since the monorail was down (come to find out it was both lines down) we had a bit of a wait and a higher price. So $9 (still not bad) and 15 mins late for our ADR we arrived. It must have been a bad omen. We waited a bit for a table that sort of faced a column and a wall but I figured, hey we were late. Also the place was mobbed. Probably busiest I have ever seen. It's usually pretty quiet. Service sufffered. It was 30 mins before we got a drink and our food didn't come for over an hour after we arrived. My scallops were an array of raw to burned. They also came full of sand. I sent it back and just asked for it to be removed from the bill, I wasn't waiting for something else. It was too bad that one of my favorites was a disappointment. But I really do feel like it was a fluke.

We caught a boat quickly back to the WL (a VERY cold ride.). But we were pooped and I was still feeling rotten so we slept pretty well.
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FP for Illuminations

intercot.com - Tue, 2017-03-21 21:19
The last time we went to Illuminations, we got VIP seating and it was great. I don't want to use one of our 3 FPs on it, but is it possible to use your 3 and then get one later in the day for it?
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FP for Illuminations

intercot.com - Tue, 2017-03-21 21:19
The last time we went to Illuminations, we got VIP seating and it was great. I don't want to use one of our 3 FPs on it, but is it possible to use your 3 and then get one later in the day for it?
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When your reservation is 1/2 peak & half regular season

intercot.com - Tue, 2017-03-21 21:16
We are arriving on the last day of peak season (April 8). Reservations are April 8-10. Will they adjust the rate according or are you stuck with whatever the rate is on the first day of your ressie?

That would really, REALLY stink but part of me thinks there was a big ol' rigamarole about this not long ago...
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