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May Trip Days 3 & 4

Thu, 2017-06-01 15:12
Tuesday

We were up early and it was another day of breakfast watching the animals on the balcony. :thumbsup: We headed to the bus stop just before 8 to make our way to the Magic Kingdom. The MK bus was waiting at the bus stop when we arrived. We were through bag check and entered into the park before 8:30. We took lots of pictures in front of the park and on Main Street then waited by Walt's statue to watch the Opening Show in front of the castle.

Then we were off to It's a Small World, Dumbo, Tea Cups, Under the Sea with Ariel, and Seven Dwarves (FP). We ate lunch at Casey's Corner, then were off to Peter Pan (FP) and we planned to ride the train back to the front of the park but it was full and the line was long. We didn't want to wait so we walked to the exit and went back to AKL for naps.

We returned to MK for Haunted Mansion (FP). While in line at HM I booked a FP for Pirates of the Carribean. We ate dinner at Columbia Harbor House; we sat upstairs and it was a nice quiet area to enjoy a good meal. We walked through Frontierland and DD danced with CM outside Country Bear Jamboree and LOVED it. We did Pirates of the Carribean (FP) then ate DOLE Whips at Aloha Isle. yum! DD did some Pin Trading then we returned to AKL. DH put DS to bed while DD and I went to do laundry and look for animals with the night vision goggles. We didn't spot any but it was fun to look.

Wednesday

Once again, breakfast on the balcony watching the animals. :thumbsup: A recurring theme of the trip. :)

We were up early and off to Epcot before opening. We had a plan of getting to Soarin ASAP to beat the line since we didn't FP it (FP for Frozen instead). We were waiting in the crowd and rushed to Soarin with many others and as soon as we get inside we stop on the ramp. :confused: CM began walking through telling us it was closed for technical issues. We waited. A few minutes later they walked by again with the same story. We waited. Many people were leaving. After about 20 minutes they walked through a third time and I asked if we could have a FP. The CM discreetly :secret: handed us tickets to return :thumbsup::mickey: We then went to the Character Spot to see the gang there. We waited about 30 minutes. The kids loved it, especially DS. He wouldn't stop hugging Mickey.

Then we headed to the Seas with Nemo (FP). After we finished there I noticed Soarin was open on the MDE App so we returned to Soarin. We ended up missing our FP time for Crush because Soarin's FP line was long and we had to Rider Switch so it took over an hour to go through twice. It was definitely worth missing our Crush FP. We loved the new Soarin around the World.

Then we had lunch at the Cantina in Mexico. It was ok but I wasn't impressed with the corn tortillas on the tacos. It was windy and we sat out by the water, which was tricky, not realizing there was seating inside until afterward when we needed the restroom and a CM directed us inside. Now we know. :mickey:

Next was Frozen (FP). It was great for my daughter, she loved it. The rain was nearby and we returned the AKL afterward for naps.

It rained during our naps and continued to lightly rain on and off into the evening so we decided to stay at AKL and explore. We walked through the lobby and there were lots of people. I asked a CM about it and they said it was a media event for the Pandora dedication ceremony. We ate dinner at Mara again. And again, it was unimpressive. We explored the playground area and talked with CM about the animals. He was from Nigeria and told us about his dream to come to America and how great this opportunity is to work for Disney. He talked to DD about never giving up on your dreams and always believing in yourself. It was a great interaction.

We visited the gift shop. DH and DD participated in the drum time in the lobby (not sure what the name of the activity is), while I took DS to the room to get ready for bedtime. DH put DS to bed while DD and I went to the pool and do another load of laundry. I could see fireworks through the trees (possibly Pandora dedication ceremony/reception?) It was a relaxing way to end the day.
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Too much artificial sweetener

Thu, 2017-06-01 15:04
I'm not against artificial sweetener because I think it's going to give my family cancer or make my next kid have four arms (although that would have its advantages, no doubt) - I don't like it because it tastes absolutely terrible and pollutes whatever it touches. I mean, merely in my humble opinion (but also fact).

I really hate that it's unavoidable in some cases. A couple times on a recent trip I got my son the breakfast meal at the Beach Club market, which comes with a yogurt parfait. The yogurt had artificial sweetener in it.

The light lemonade, which now pervades dining establishments and sometimes is the only lemonade offered has artificial sweetener. In this case you can avoid it by just getting something else, of course, but sometimes I just want a lemonade, darn it.

Some of the kids' fancy drinks are made with light lemonade as a base.

Gross. Give me good old, fashioned sugar! :-)
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Too much artificial sweetener

Thu, 2017-06-01 15:04
I'm not against artificial sweetener because I think it's going to give my family cancer or make my next kid have four arms (although that would have its advantages, no doubt) - I don't like it because it tastes absolutely terrible and pollutes whatever it touches. I mean, merely in my humble opinion (but also fact).

I really hate that it's unavoidable in some cases. A couple times on a recent trip I got my son the breakfast meal at the Beach Club market, which comes with a yogurt parfait. The yogurt had artificial sweetener in it.

The light lemonade, which now pervades dining establishments and sometimes is the only lemonade offered has artificial sweetener. In this case you can avoid it by just getting something else, of course, but sometimes I just want a lemonade, darn it.

Some of the kids' fancy drinks are made with light lemonade as a base.

Gross. Give me good old, fashioned sugar! :-)
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River of Lights Package/Dining Plan

Thu, 2017-06-01 14:40
Hi All,
I was wondering if The River of Lights Package was accepted on the Dining Plan and if it was if any one knew if it was considered a 1 or 2 meal service. Thanks!
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River of Lights Package/Dining Plan

Thu, 2017-06-01 14:40
Hi All,
I was wondering if The River of Lights Package was accepted on the Dining Plan and if it was if any one knew if it was considered a 1 or 2 meal service. Thanks!
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Paradiso 37.....good for kids?

Thu, 2017-06-01 13:09
What do you all know about Paradiso 37? Is it good for kids? Thanks in advance for any tips!
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Paradiso 37.....good for kids?

Thu, 2017-06-01 13:09
What do you all know about Paradiso 37? Is it good for kids? Thanks in advance for any tips!
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Positive Quote Of The Day June 2017

Thu, 2017-06-01 11:09
"It takes less time to do a thing right, than it does to explain why you did it wrong."- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882) American Poet
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Positive Quote Of The Day June 2017

Thu, 2017-06-01 11:09
"It takes less time to do a thing right, than it does to explain why you did it wrong."- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882) American Poet
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Disney Soap

Thu, 2017-06-01 00:53
Hi

My daughter discovered on our last trip to Disney that the H2O Blushing Orange soap they have in the rooms is PERFECT for her skin! Not sure what's in it, but it really helped clear her skin up! Unfortunately, we didn't discover this until we got home and didn't really save all of those soaps. I'm trying to find the stuff online but am having a hard time.

Does anyone know where I can find some? I looked on the H2O site and they have some blushing orange items, but I didn't see the soap.

Thanks!
Tracy
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Disney Soap

Thu, 2017-06-01 00:53
Hi

My daughter discovered on our last trip to Disney that the H2O Blushing Orange soap they have in the rooms is PERFECT for her skin! Not sure what's in it, but it really helped clear her skin up! Unfortunately, we didn't discover this until we got home and didn't really save all of those soaps. I'm trying to find the stuff online but am having a hard time.

Does anyone know where I can find some? I looked on the H2O site and they have some blushing orange items, but I didn't see the soap.

Thanks!
Tracy
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Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique question

Wed, 2017-05-31 22:51
My daughter is getting the "basic package" at the BBB in Disney Springs, at 3:30 pm, and we have a 4:45 ADV at Homcomin'. How long is the service at BBB for the basic package? Would a 4:45 ADR at Homcomin' be cutting it close, or should we be ok? Thanks, in advance, for any tips!!
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Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique question

Wed, 2017-05-31 22:51
My daughter is getting the "basic package" at the BBB in Disney Springs, at 3:30 pm, and we have a 4:45 ADV at Homcomin'. How long is the service at BBB for the basic package? Would a 4:45 ADR at Homcomin' be cutting it close, or should we be ok? Thanks, in advance, for any tips!!
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Mickey's Halloween Party

Wed, 2017-05-31 21:24
So I have been several times like 8 years ago! And I remember then that Disney handed out candy (as if Trick or Treating) well...I was reading the info about the Party on Disney's website and it doesn't mention the trick or treating/handing out candy. Is this no more???? If not...then why so much $$$???!!! Okay thanks!
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Mickey's Halloween Party

Wed, 2017-05-31 21:24
So I have been several times like 8 years ago! And I remember then that Disney handed out candy (as if Trick or Treating) well...I was reading the info about the Party on Disney's website and it doesn't mention the trick or treating/handing out candy. Is this no more???? If not...then why so much $$$???!!! Okay thanks!
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POFQ review/thoughts

Wed, 2017-05-31 20:37
cross posted to another site. but here is my little mini review on POFQ from our april trip.


This is our 3rd stay here, 2nd with our children. Paid for the garden view hoping to get a close building but I knew it wasn't guaranteed. Received a text that we were placed in a building 7 garden view room. I was hoping we wouldn't be that far away! (I placed preferences for particular closer buildings). We called from the airport asking for a closer room just to take a chance, and they were so friendly. They placed us in building #2, which was so much closer. This is a small resort, yes, and the buildings are all very reasonably located but we love being close to the food court. The next time we will pay for the pool view.


The grounds are always so quiet and I feel at home here. You frequently see the horse making rounds in the evening with the carriage. I got to visit the original french quarter in NOLA this year and I have to say I LOVE the architecture at POFQ. It really did feel like the original, I especially love the horse head hitching posts.


The pool is nice. I have two small kids who are still learning to swim and we use the life jackets that are provided every time. ** I wish they had more extra or small vests available because I'd say 50% of the time we had to search for one that was not being used. The lifeguards are diligent and I am always impressed with their attention.


I hate to hear that some people don't like the busses because the last two trips we have been here we have had an exceptional experience with them (the first time was 2009 and it wasn't so great, long waits and drives to riverside).
There is only 1 bus stop but its never really bad. We leave in the morning at "busy times" too. I would say 90% of the time we waited less than 10 minutes. In the morning when it is busier, there is a cast member assisting with lines. One time we waited maybe 20 minutes for a bus and they gave us a fast pass for whatever we wanted (except froze of course) at epcot. I couldn't have asked for better service.


The food court, I miss the floats! I was excited about the renovation and I was okay with letting them go. I loved the decorations above BUT I felt like the fluer de lis that were spray painted on the floors made the floor look dirty especially near the garbage cans. I liked the nicer dishes used, and the fact that they are cutting down on waste by having them returned and washed. And there is a section for food to be composted. The mickey waffles were always soft and fresh. The section for the french toast and oatmeal, I just couldn't believe that there was only one person operation that section because there are a lot of duties involved with making the baguette french toast, etc. I think it would be better for the employee that does that section to have a little extra help.


The bus to disney springs and POR were very frequent.. my daughter and I rode to POR to check it out because I haven't been to it before. Very close and quick!


We will be back next year. I can't imagine staying anywhere else, even over the deluxes.
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POFQ review/thoughts

Wed, 2017-05-31 20:37
cross posted to another site. but here is my little mini review on POFQ from our april trip.


This is our 3rd stay here, 2nd with our children. Paid for the garden view hoping to get a close building but I knew it wasn't guaranteed. Received a text that we were placed in a building 7 garden view room. I was hoping we wouldn't be that far away! (I placed preferences for particular closer buildings). We called from the airport asking for a closer room just to take a chance, and they were so friendly. They placed us in building #2, which was so much closer. This is a small resort, yes, and the buildings are all very reasonably located but we love being close to the food court. The next time we will pay for the pool view.


The grounds are always so quiet and I feel at home here. You frequently see the horse making rounds in the evening with the carriage. I got to visit the original french quarter in NOLA this year and I have to say I LOVE the architecture at POFQ. It really did feel like the original, I especially love the horse head hitching posts.


The pool is nice. I have two small kids who are still learning to swim and we use the life jackets that are provided every time. ** I wish they had more extra or small vests available because I'd say 50% of the time we had to search for one that was not being used. The lifeguards are diligent and I am always impressed with their attention.


I hate to hear that some people don't like the busses because the last two trips we have been here we have had an exceptional experience with them (the first time was 2009 and it wasn't so great, long waits and drives to riverside).
There is only 1 bus stop but its never really bad. We leave in the morning at "busy times" too. I would say 90% of the time we waited less than 10 minutes. In the morning when it is busier, there is a cast member assisting with lines. One time we waited maybe 20 minutes for a bus and they gave us a fast pass for whatever we wanted (except froze of course) at epcot. I couldn't have asked for better service.


The food court, I miss the floats! I was excited about the renovation and I was okay with letting them go. I loved the decorations above BUT I felt like the fluer de lis that were spray painted on the floors made the floor look dirty especially near the garbage cans. I liked the nicer dishes used, and the fact that they are cutting down on waste by having them returned and washed. And there is a section for food to be composted. The mickey waffles were always soft and fresh. The section for the french toast and oatmeal, I just couldn't believe that there was only one person operation that section because there are a lot of duties involved with making the baguette french toast, etc. I think it would be better for the employee that does that section to have a little extra help.


The bus to disney springs and POR were very frequent.. my daughter and I rode to POR to check it out because I haven't been to it before. Very close and quick!


We will be back next year. I can't imagine staying anywhere else, even over the deluxes.
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AP rates for fall?

Wed, 2017-05-31 20:08
Should I expect AP resort rates for fall to be announced in July? I'm hoping June, (getting anxious!). :mickey:
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AP rates for fall?

Wed, 2017-05-31 20:08
Should I expect AP resort rates for fall to be announced in July? I'm hoping June, (getting anxious!). :mickey:
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How intense is Pandora Flight of Passage??

Wed, 2017-05-31 16:23
Can anyone who has ridden Pandora flight of Passage give me an idea of how intense it is?? I tend to get sick on motion simulation rides, so maybe I can give you a scale of how I do on them.

Soarin' :blush:

Star Tours 2.0 :sick:

Mission Space :ack:

So about where on the scale does Flight of Passage fall?
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