I *think* I made DH a lifelong Disney Fan! A June 2017 TR (the end 7/19)

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  1. ArielSRL

    ArielSRL DIS Veteran

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    Yes, this will be a thing! I am insisting! :)

    Yes, I just live this M&G.

    Thank you!
     
  2. ArielSRL

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    I totally meant to get back here to post an update but apparently that hasn’t happened! However I do have some photos I’ve been meaning to post about purchases I’ve made for our trip or just general Disney purchases....
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    New-ish Ears!

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    A 2017 ornament to commemorate our trip since we never got one while there!

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    My new MB that was like $6!

    I also got a new Harvey's Villains purse but the Dis won’t post the photo!

    Oh and tons and tons of Disney LuLaRoe!

    Oh and here’s our semi-firmed up June 2018 plans:
    Mostly resort only.


    Arrive at WL Sunday June 3 mid afternoon after driving from Atlanta. Hang out at the resort, pool, dinner at GP or RF, maybe campfire and movie.


    Monday, explore resort, lunch at resort, rent water craft (?), more pool, Hoop Dee Doo Revue 6:15, maybe GP for HEA and EWP.


    Tuesday MK, would love for EMM though they did not do it this year during our trip, CS lunch somewhere, BOG dinner.


    Wednesday, Disney Springs, Polite Pig for lunch, Sanaa for dinner, TOTWL for HEA.


    Thursday depart.


    Considering DDP for our trip.
     
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  4. MissMaryQC

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    LOve your ears! Super cute.

    Where’d you score the magic bands at such a good price?

    Plans look great! Even being locked in WL for two days we missed a lot cause of the storm. Glad you guys are gonna be able to explore!
     
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  5. StarWarsMomofGirls!

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    You have a serious Ear problem!!! That being said, I love both!

    Your June trip sounds amazing! It was be relaxing. YEAH to Hoop Dee Doo Review!
     
  6. ArielSRL

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    The MB was on the Disney site! It was a sale...maybe Labor Day or end of summer? It’s an MB1 though so I’m assuming most of those are cheap all the time.

    Yes, we should have fun. It sounds like a lot but it should be real laid back.

    Yes I do have an ear problem but I think maybe I’m done for awhile? Lol.

    So looking forward to the trip!
     
  7. ArielSRL

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    Before I start, I have to admit that I stopped at the liquor store today because I was off to run the boys to some appointments, and I grabbed a 6 pack of Schofferhofer Grapefruit and I am enjoying one now, while I update!

    Day Five 6/7/2017 - Animal Kingdom (part 2)

    Last I left you, we had just finished up with one of our favorite meet & greets. Now it was time to head toward a safari ride, but first stop was for some sustenance at Kusafiri. I had really toyed with getting something sweet here and I wish I had gone back and tried a specialty cupcake or an elephant ear or something, but the breakfast wrap (egg, sausage, spinach, and goat cheese) won out for me at this point. Chad ended up with a croissant and an iced mocha. They boys must not have wanted anything, because that is all that is on the receipt. We found a little spot to enjoy our food:

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    Ah, I see from the photo that we had left our refillable bucket in the room - we did bring it back for our nighttime adventures - but had gotten Will some popcorn anyway. And AJ was chowing down on some goldfish. Like all mornings, we had had a small grab and go type breakfast in the room, so the boys had eaten something there as well.

    After this, we headed to the safari to use our FP. I was glad I had used a FP on it since I knew we would be hitting the m&g and breakfast first. I think the line moved fast and we were on a vehicle in a timely manner. I have tons and tons of photos but I will try to limit them since we have all both seen and have our own.

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    Continued in next post...
     
  8. ArielSRL

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    Day Five 6/7/2017 - Animal Kingdom (part 2) con't

    More from the safari:
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    All in all, especially considering the amount of photos, we saw lots of animals and it was a great safari ride.

    After this, we decided to head to Pandora to check it out. But first, Chad stopped at Dawa Bar for a Bloody Mary. He has since named it the best Bloody Mary of the trip. I didn't get one because I had my eye on the Mo'ara Margarita in Pandora, but Chad did give me a taste and it really was very good. We stopped a CM to ask if we could go through the entrance by Lion King as I had heard conflicting reports of whether or not it was open. The CM said it was not, so we had to go the long way around. I know we stopped at a cart for some pins before we got there but we didn't dilly dally too much bc the boys had FoP FPs for 10-11, and it was after 10:30 already. Of course, only Chad was actually planning to ride. We did get a swap pass but I was fairly certain I didn't want to chance it with my motion sickness issues. I'm still not sure if I will give it a go in the future or not, but I really would like to be able to experience it.

    But I am getting a little ahead of myself. On the way in, I took a few photos:
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    Honestly that is all I have and the biggest reason is because about the time that we dropped Chad off for FoP was when the bottom fell out. Oh my, the rains came down! People were searching for shelter and I decided we would wait it out under the covering of Satu'li Canteen, but not before I got myself what I had been waiting for...the Mo'ara Margarita:
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    And oh, it was good! You can probably see from the photo how much it was raining. I had the boys up under the rain cover and they were bored waiting on Daddy and being stuck in the stroller. I gave them some coloring pages to keep them busy but it truly was taking Chad awhile. I got my first (yep, I'm giving it away) margarita at 10:46 and then I got my second, boba balls and all, at 11:14. Chad was back by then because I got him a Hawkes Grog Ale and the boys a Night Blossom. I think the rain let up a bit after that and we headed toward FotLK.

    So here is where we found that CM earlier was mistaken. We were seeing people come in from the Lion King side so we chanced it and it was open. Oh well.

    I remember we took a potty break and it was hard to even get in because it had started raining hard again and the bathroom area was covered and filled with people trying to stay dry. After that, we got the stroller parked, still covered with the rain cover that kept it mostly dry, and headed in to FotLK. We had to wait a bit til the next show but we were covered and it was getting busy, so I'm glad we arrived when we did. We finally got in, got some decent seats, and enjoyed the show:
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    We have done this one two years in a row, while missing out on Nemo, but even though I always plan to do Nemo, something always happens and we don't. I don't remember when I took it out of our plans for this trip (in advance or day of due to timing) but I did have it in there at one point. It may be that the boys choose LK over Nemo, but I just can't be certain. I know we skipped it in 2016 because Mom thinks it is boring - she and I did it in 2007, but I'm not sure what I think. Maybe we will get to it one of these trips.

    After this, it was still wet and nasty, and we headed to Flame Tree for lunch. But, I'm actually going to stop here because I am at my photo limit, and I haven't resized any more of the photos from this day! Plus it is almost 6pm, which is dinner time for the boys.

    Again, hopefully, I'll get back to this in a timely manner but if past performance is any indication, it ain't looking good. I'll be honest, I used to update last year on Sunday nights, but now one of my favorite shows is on then - Outlander - and by the time I get the kids to bed there is only enough time for watching the show. I suppose I could update on Sunday and watch the recorded show on Monday, but I'm not sure I'm that patient. :rolleyes:


    Up next: Day Five 6/7/2017 - Animal Kingdom (part 3)
     
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  9. ashleymrush

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    We had some of these too! They were so good!

    I think you should take a chance on it, at least once. Maybe try to do it at the end of the night so that you wouldn't ruin any of your day. Star Tours made me queasy this past time (it never had before) but I didn't have a problem at all on FoP. It is such an amazing ride. It would be a shame to never try out.

    That's what I'm talking about!! I wanted to try one of those but the reviews were just ok on it and I'm not a huge fan of frozen drinks so I opted for the beer instead.

    This is one of the few things I've never done too. I just never quite seem to make it happen. It's always in the plans, it just falls by the wayside every year. Maybe one day it'll happen.

    Still happy to see I'm not the only one struggling to keep up with posts!
     
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  10. Lesley Wake

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    I have that same Magicband! Got it on a May the 4th discount so it was cheaper than normal, but not $6!

    Looks great! Such active animals! I'm hoping to do an early morning safari in March, but don't know if that'll happen!

    Love Nemo! I think Nemo and FotLK are my favorite shows on property.
     
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  11. StarWarsMomofGirls!

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    As long as you aren't drinking one in school. That would be bad!

    That looks good! And I am a sucker for goat Cheese!

    Boo.

    That is a bummer. Can you ride Soarin'?

    YES!!! I wish I had 2 in one day, but it was so hot when we were there, they melted pretty quickly.

    At least you didn't go the long way 2 times... You probably came in the better way...

    Silly children getting in the way of our trip reporting!!! Mine do the same... ;)
     
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  12. MissMaryQC

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    Your boys are so cute!

    The worst! I clipped ours to the stroller with one of the jumbo caribeaner(spelling?) clips I got. Those actually really came in handy for us.

    Big baby :love:

    WHAT?!? The Cheetah! We always miss the Cheetah!

    Taking note...

    So, I don't have motion sickness issues, but I don't do well on the simulator rides, like Star Tours. I'm not nearly so bad as my mother is, but I digress. I think if you pop a Dramamine, wait 30 minutes and ride, you will be fine. PLus, it's SOOOOO worth it.

    Yum! I was sad to skip that one...

    I loved FotLK, I was sad DD missed it. Glad y'all got in and got good seats! Did the trapeze guys perform?

    It's cute, and if you like Broadway type stuff I'd suggest it. E liked it, but was a bit restless near the end.
     
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    I just got caught back up with your report! I am glad to hear that your boys have gotten interested in pin trading. I think that seems like a fun way to add a little extra fun to a trip while waiting for FPs or ADRs. But it ain't cheap!
     
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    Love your ears

    This is on my must try list as Kari @kastoney rave about them too. But I also want try your Marg. We're planning 3 different days at AK so am sure I'll get a chance to try them both. I can't mix my alcohols Vodka and Tequila don't mix well for me, it's either one or the other. Funny I sure can switch up to wine from either one of those liqours w/o problems.

    Do you resize them with a program on your computer or are you able to run it through a program here on the Dis ?I have a very old version of Adobe and it takes forever to resize pics....I need an updated computer.

    I love Outlander but am 2 seasons behind.
     
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  15. kastoney

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    Your wrap looks great, but even better I love, love, love your nails!!!!

    Wow, you all really had an active safari. I'm not sure I've ever seen the lions together before.

    You can officially let Chad know he had the best bloody mary on property, because I am 99% sure I've tried them all. :-) Though if you haven't seen it, tell Chad to check these bad boys out....
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    Well if you're going to escape the rain, I can think of no better way than 2 margaritas!
     
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  16. vamassey1

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    This looks really good. I'm thinking we're going to try and grab breakfasts in the park this trip.

    Lots of great animal encounters. You really did see a bunch.

    I have really bad motion sickness issued but was ok for the one ride I did. I don't think I could do it more than once in a day.

    It really is pouring. You made a great choice to go with a drink and covered area.

    We love Lion King and always pick it over Nemo. I like Nemo but usually end of falling asleep. When we have 2 days and extra time we do it.

    Big Outlander fan here. I'm lucky and don't have to worry about young eyes seeing or interrupting my viewing. I usually watch it on demand in the morning and again at night if I have time. I have to see it twice to understand the dialog.
     
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  17. ArielSRL

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    I probably will have to do one of these days.

    OMG...I am having such a harder time, this time around. Like I should be in bed right now but I am trying to get a small update done.

    I think they are trying to get rid of all the MB1s.

    HAHA...yes, it would. I was off that day! :)

    Yes, I love Soarin' but I can't do Star Tours.

    Thank you!

    Yes, I'd say my biggest issue is with simulators but then I have motion sickness, too.

    I want to say yes.

    Yes, I'm afraid this will happen with the boys.

    You are definitely right about the cost! We probably spent more on pins than any other souvenirs.

    Thank you!

    Sounds like you will have plenty of time to try them all! :)

    I use paint. But I can't resize them on the laptop I use here at home because it is old. It is my mom's and she loaned/gave it to me. So I have to resize at work then bring the photos home on a jump drive.

    It is a great show. I want to go back and watch it all over again.

    Thank you! I love to do themed nails at Disney!

    There were tons of animals that morning.

    I want to go to Shulas one trip. Isn't that at the Dolphin, as well? We should stop in and try a Bloody Mary first. Though we really usually only drink those before noon. :)

    You know it!

    There seem to be lots of good options all over...even just quick stuff.

    I will probably end up trying it at some point.

    Yeh, I'm afraid this might happen...or else the boys will get restless.

    I totally can relate to not understanding all the dialogue!
     
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    Day Five 6/7/2017 - Animal Kingdom (part 3)

    So last I left you, we were headed to lunch at Flame Tree. It was still raining and pretty heavily. We were happy to wait under some covering to order, but the line was quite long. We finally got to order and it did take a bit for the food. The boys went down and got seats, I think. Or maybe Chad and Will did while AJ stayed to help me? In any case, we got our food after a wait and then settled in to eat:

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    AJ looks really cold here. I don't think he was though. I think he was just making a face. As you can see, he got a hot dog, applesauce, and chocolate milk.
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    I got the Mixed Green Salad with Roasted Chicken Breast. It had apples and pecans in it, as well. IMG_6360.JPG
    Chad got the Pulled Pork Sandwich and I think we shared the Onion Rings. Looks like Will got applesauce and ate some more of their preferred meal: peanut butter. Chad got a draft Safari Amber and I got a Mandarin Orange Vodka Lemonade.

    I think the meal was good. I'm not a huge BBQ fan but I knew AJ would like the hot dog and Chad does like BBQ. Next time though I may try for something else I'd enjoy more.

    I'm fairly certain that we headed out after this. Back to the resort for a break. And again, we must have skipped the pool, probably because of the weather, though I know it cleared up eventually, because there are no bar charges from WL.

    After a couple of hours of rest, showering, and laundry, we got ready to head to dinner. I was wearing my Rumors of Light shirt that I had gotten back in 2016 after the whole debacle of delayment (I think I just made up that word):
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    I couldn't believe after after all this time, I was finally going to see it. I hadn't heard great things but at this point, I just needed to cross it off the list.

    But first, we piled back in the car and headed to AKL Kidani for some much anticipated dinner. We arrived and checked in at Sanaa! While we waited, we went outside and checked out the animal viewing area. There weren't too many animals out but we saw some, I think. Unfortunately this is the only photo I got of the outside area:
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    You know...the highly elusive Chad with his mouth open species! I do love the Lodge in the background though. Oh and there is the famous Hakuna Matata shirt that I think most women bought their men folk for their Disney trip! HAHA.

    We weren't out long before we got called in. Even though I requested a table by the window, we did not get one, but we could still somewhat see out and there wasn't too much going on out there anyway. For my drink, I got the Malawi Mango Margarita:
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    It was yummy.

    Chad got something that must not be on the menu now. And I actually do still have the menu I printed out before our trip but I still don't recognize it. I thought he got something with whiskey or bourbon but with berries, too. Anybody have a clue?
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    Ah, the receipt says something about Smoked Turkey but it just isn't on any menus I see. Oh well.

    For his meal, Chad got the Lamb Shank (Berbere Braised Lamb Shank, Hominy Mash, Scented Greens, and Tandoor Vegetables):
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    He enjoyed it immensely.

    I got the bread service:
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    I did really enjoy it but I really wanted to get some sort of protein as well but it just filled me up so much I couldn't. I guess I could always do the smaller serving but it's only $2 cheaper so its kind of silly to do that. So I am not sure what I will order next time but there are several items that catch my eye (duck, steak, durbin shrimp, biryani with shrimp). And yes, we will be eating there again, because as I have stated a few times, this was Chad's favorite meal of the trip. My picky, picky unadventurous husband fell in love with Sanaa. So it's on the menu for next trip because who am I to say no?

    By the way, the boys got the kids pizza to share, along with a side of chips. No specific photos though you can see the pizza in the background of the photo above.

    I also got some dessert, African Triple Mousse (Manjari 64% Dark Chocolate of Madagascar, Jivara Milk Chocolate, Ivoire White Chocolate, Chocolate Biscuit, and Strawberries) along with some coffee, while Chad got a glass of wine:
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    The dessert wasn't nearly as good as it sounds, unfortunately, but that certainly didn't ruin the entire experience.

    All in all, it was a good solid meal and we will be back several times, I'm sure.

    Okay, I'm gonna shut this down here and I will hopefully pick back up next week where we head back to experience AK at night (again, my favorite time in the parks).

    Up next: Day Five 6/7/2017 - Animal Kingdom (part 4)
     
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  19. krysenchips

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    That's a Smoked Turkey! I had one at Yachtsman Steakhouse when I was there in June! It has Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon, Red Stag Black Cherry Bourbon, grenadine and Odwalla lemonade with a hint of Hickory Smoke garnished with Luxardo Gourmet Maraschino Cherries. (according to Party Through the Parks)

    I loved that drink it was soo good!

    It looks like you all had a wonderful time!
     
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    Thank you! I did find on the receipt it said Smoked Turkey but I could not find the description anywhere. I wonder if they removed it from the menu or if it just doesn't appear on the online menu.

    In any case, it sounds good to me and I'm fairly certain my husband enjoyed it!
     
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    Your salad sounds really good. I love me some pulled pork. I would have a hard time choosing.

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    Seen a few of these.

    This looks real good. Wish I liked Margaritas.

    This looks REAL good!


    Sorry about that. Glad it didn't ruin it for you.
     
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