I'm going to find adventure in the evening air! An August '18 solo trip report! Update 11/10

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  1. suse66

    suse66 Mickey Bars should be a daily food group!

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    Breakfast at Kona Cafe and
    a sunny Sunday Epcot morning!
    I woke up this morning in the perfect state of "I don't know what day it is and it doesn't matter because I'm on vacation" mode! I had an early morning ADR to get to.... breakfast at Kona Cafe! I was really pleased to see the Samoan was back on the menu and was convinced that was going to be what I would order. Well until I was sitting enjoying my coffee and saw one of the servers deliver Tonga Toast to a neighbouring table. All my resolve to try to something different dissolved and once again I went for my beloved Tonga Toast. It was huge, sweet and delicious and I demolished every single bite!
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    After enjoying my enormous breakfast, I slowly made my way to the TTC to catch the monorail to Epcot. I had awesome luck with the monorails this trip and rarely waited more than 5 minutes for one. I was heading first for a M&G with Joy and Sadness. This had been on my list for a while now but the lineups were always crazy long. I was hoping it might be a bit better this morning. Luckily I only waited about 15 minutes and was soon making my way over. So fun!
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    I was not in a huge hurry to go anywhere so meandered around taking in the beautiful landscaping and enjoyed the morning.
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    It really could not have been a more perfect morning! I was able to do a little Hidden Mickey hunting as well which is always fun! I really like this one near Spice Road Table.
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    It was just after 11:00 and I knew Belle's M&G would be starting soon. I hopped in line and we had an awesome meet as we were discussing favourite books we had read. Belle's favourite was "Romeo and Juliet" and mine was "Educated". We then discussed the importance of education for women and she made me promise to find Gaston and have a conversation with him about education. Perfect! I had noticed a familiar little girl waiting patiently in line and just as I was thinking "is that Casey and Kari?" , a voice called out "Susan?" We had a great DisMeet but did not take any pictures!!! So did it really happen @kastoney ?? Kari, Jason and Casey were heading for lunch and I was going off to Japan to buy candy for my brood. It was lovely to see them as always!
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    After getting the boys their candy I headed over to see "An American Adventure". I really enjoyed it and it was a great chance to relax and put my feet up while enjoying the A/C. I did some pin trading in the pavilion and just as I was coming out I noticed Big Al coming out from the character training area. I was so excited to see him and quickly hopped in line.
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    Now it was time to head by Test Track and see if I could use one of my anytime fastpasses. Luckily I was able to hop right in the FP line and I was soon designing my car and trying to look knowledgeable about what I was doing. I enjoyed my trip around the track but sadly got someone else's pictures instead of mine. Oh well, it was fun!

    I stopped for a magic shot and then headed over to the DVC booth on a whim. I ended up making a tour appointment for the following day as I wanted to get some info to ambush (I mean share with) my DH. It was a perfect morning!
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  2. Jenny Sanders

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    What a great morning! I love the Figment pic!!!
     
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  4. disneyAndi14

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    So funny, I am wearing that same shirt when I meet Joy and Sadness! It is coming up in my TR soon! It was perfect for the hot weather!

    I love Tonga Toast and it is the best at Kona, I have had it at Captain Cook’s, fair but near as good.

    How cool to have a chance meeting with Kari, Casey, and Jason!

    Cute pictures in Epcot!
     
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  5. Terra Nova guy

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    I have never tried Tonga Toast but I don't think I've ever seen a bad review. Definitely something to put on my "to try" list.

    That's a good time for the Joy & Sadness meet. My family probably picked a bad time to do it, but we waited nearly 45 minutes. It usually seemed busy whenever we went past though.

    Great luck seeing Big Al! I didn't luck into any character meets there on this last trip.

    And great luck meeting up with Kari! I was hoping for a chance meeting with her too. Hopefully another time.
     
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  6. kastoney

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    I had no idea this was back on the menu. One of my favorites!

    Funny I didn't realize you had recognized Casey and I was kicking myself later for not taking a picture. What kind of trip reporters are we? :-) So great to run into you!

    Oh man we must have just missed this. Love me some country bears!

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    Love this magic shot. Casey would be in heaven with this
     
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  7. suse66

    suse66 Mickey Bars should be a daily food group!

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    Thanks! I am trying to convince my DH to do this pic on our anniversary trip. I really love it!

    Thanks Jenny! It was such a fun morning!

    Thank you! I remember you had bought that shirt too. It is so comfortable! It was so nice to run into Kari and her family! Love Tonga Toast so much.... :)

    Tonga Toast is super yummy but gigantic! I think first thing in the morning works well for minimizing wait times for characters. I was thrilled with Big Al meet....always love the Country Bears! Yes, it was so nice to see Kari and fam! :)
    Yes, I was just thinking that looks just like Casey when you called my name. We will be organized with pics next time we see each other, although sadly not in May for me. The Big Al meet was so fun! When Bill gets over the sticker shock of our basement reno and Jack's university tuition, maybe we can talk DVC. I am ready with info, lol!
     
  8. Steppesister

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    What a delightful morning! Nice and easy with great luck in timing all the way around- characters, monos, lines...!! YAY!!!
     
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    Thank you! Nothing better than a morning where everything goes perfectly! :)
     
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    An evening of unexpected happenings at Animal Kingdom!
    I returned from Epcot around 1 pm and quickly got changed and headed over to the Oasis pool to enjoy the beautiful afternoon. I was still full from my huge breakfast at Kona so just brought along some dried fruit, popcorn and almonds to snack on as I lounged poolside. I enjoyed my lemonade/iced tea combo and had a great chat with some other guests who had recently bought DVC. More info for my pitch to DH! Around 3:30 I headed back to get ready for my evening at Animal Kingdom. After showering and dressing, I enjoyed the last of my wine out on the patio and then headed over to wait for the bus to AK. Luckily I had good bus luck this evening and was soon on my way. Upon arrival I stopped for a photo at the Tree of Life. Can you guess who I am bounding as tonight??
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    I was heading over to Kilimanjaro Safari for my first fast pass of the evening. I stopped on the bridge to take a quick photo of the beautiful landscaping. I just love how lush AK is!
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    The late afternoon safari was great with many animals out and active. I even got to see baby Augustus!
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    Can you see him there behind his mom?? He is so cute!

    Next up I was headed over to Pandora for my 2nd FoP ride of the trip. I had plans for drinks and nibblies at Nomad after my Everest FP (
    spoiler alert, did I ever make it back there??) but I decided I would have backwards dinner and try the Malva Cake sundae first. This was delicious with a lovely spiced cake, a huge scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce. Yum!
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    I strolled over to Pandora and thoroughly enjoyed another ride on Flights of Passage. The floating mountains never disappoint!
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    I was on my way next to Expedition Everest and then had 45 minutes blocked off for a side trip to Nomad Lounge before seeing Rivers of Light. This was a great plan BUT we got stuck up by the Yeti for 45 minutes and had to be evacuated off the ride and make our way down 17 flights of stairs to the back exit!! This was an adventure I was not expecting to say the least. :eek: Although it was kind of cool to see the inside of EE. It was a bit disconcerting to look all the way up and realize exactly how high we were when were stuck on that track.

    Needless to say by the time we finally got off EE it was park close and all food services were closed. The staff who rescued us were awesome and the whole situation was handled really well. We all got three anytime FPs for our trouble and I had a chance to catch a little of Rivers of Light through the fence.
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    I decided to head back to the Poly in hopes of grabbing a bite to eat and enjoyed seeing the Tree of Life illuminations on my way out of the park.
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    Luckily I did not have to wait long for a bus and soon was back at the Poly. I decided just to head to Captain Cooks as I didn't want anything too heavy. I ended up going for the kids chicken and pineapple skewers with a side salad. This was delicious!! The chicken was super juicy and the grilled pineapple complemented it perfectly. The salad was crisp and fresh with the yummy ginger dressing. A perfect light meal!
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    Food totals today:
    Kona Cafe ~ Tonga Toast and coffee $20.76
    Tamu Tamu ~ Malva Cake Sundae $6.38
    Captain Cooks ~ Chicken Pineapple skewers $8.19
    Popcorn refill at Epcot ~ $1.50
    Total: $36.83
    Savings vs DDP ~ $75.49 - $36.83 = $38.66
     
  11. Jenny Sanders

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    The dress you have on at AK is adorable!!!
     
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    I love the dress, I am terrible at figuring out the Dis bounding, don’t laugh at me but is it Evine? The dress was perfect for an evening at AK.

    I once saw people being evacuated from EE and it looked really scary, yikes!

    Love the dessert before dinner! That is A-OK at Disney! The kids meal looks good, I really like Captain Cooks.
     
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    Oh YAY Casey @kastoney she's so cute and her parents are hilarious

    :lmao: Hum I was never interested in this but each time I go I get closer and closer to touring DVC.

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    Hum a wild guess Te Fiti?


    I'm loving your touring style
     
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    Thank you! I love the fit and flare style, so comfortable and forgiving!

    Haha, you are right! Devine it is! Yes, the EE experience was not one I would want to repeat. The boys and I actually call dessert before dinner "backwards dinner". It is a cottage staple for us, lol!

    Thank you....It's fun to be able to do what you feel like, when you want to. That's the advantage of taking a solo trip. :)
     
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    This! This is the perfect way to do Disney.

    Awww, I did!!

    How vacation is done.

    WOW!!! Unexpected but kinda cool!

    And I'd gladly take 3 anytime FPs for 45 minutes. YOu'd save WAY more than that with them!

    I'll have to remember this for the future!
     
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    Yay! I’m proud of myself, except I said her name wrong, lol!
     
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  17. kastoney

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    Yikes!!!! I cannot believe you got stuck on EE. I love this ride but am petrified of heights so I'm not sure I could have handled it. They wouldn't have had enough alcohol in Nomads to pacify me afterwards :-)
     
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    My favorite spot to meet characters! You got lucky with Big Al, too :)

    Ricky had the plain Malva cake in March and loved it so I know he'll enjoy this, too!

    Ah, nope. Love this ride but if I had to actually think about how high I was STUCK UP on it- I'd be done :faint: Still, it's kind of cool to be evacuated off certain rides lol
     
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    I'm with @kastoney and @ariane37 on this one. I love EE, but would not enjoy being stuck on it. You don't have to think about how high you are when it's going fast :rotfl2:
     
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    So the only thing I could think of was Tinkerbell, for the green leaves. But yes, Devine makes more sense!

    It's vacation. You're allowed to do things backwards.
    I may have eaten a brownie for breakfast once. #noshame

    See, I actually find this kind of interesting. I am not overly scared of heights and to get the chance to see the inner workings of the ride peaks my geek interest. Although it's bad your night got derailed, you did get the 3 FP for it. I'm not saying I want this to happen to me, but I would probably find it more interesting than annoying.
     

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