Trick or Treat & Eat Some Sweets! Oct 2018 TR Updated 11/15!

Discussion in 'Disney Trip Reports' started by Pluto0809, Nov 6, 2018.

  1. QueenJen

    QueenJen Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2012
    Messages:
    281
    Foster fail for the win. :dogdance: Lucky pup.

    All of them are cute - this is an adorable pic.

    Pixie dust before getting to Disney. I've done this and it was a great little surprise at the event.

    Awwww....thinking of you.

    Perfect timing.

    That's still a good amount of walking.
     
  2. buzzrelly

    buzzrelly DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2005
    Messages:
    4,179
    I'm here! I'm so sorry we missed each other down there, especially since we most likely crossed-paths and didn't know it!

    Mike and I went to that same gas station to get lottery tickets and were told the same thing :rotfl: Luckily, we had a car and were able to drive off property that night and another night to get our Mega Millions and Powerball…the crazy was real!

    We thought it was funny when she said they didn't sell lottery because they were on Disney property, but they sold cigarettes and booze :rotfl2:
     
  3. Avatar

    Advertisement


  4. Steppesister

    Steppesister DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2013
    Messages:
    7,117
    Just taking a peek and will pop in as I can. :) Lots of hours at work these days, so keeping my commenting on the lighter side. :hug:
     
  5. Cloe Colton

    Cloe Colton DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2018
    Messages:
    565
    What a great start to your trip! I don't blame you for flying down earlier, I mean if there's already a Disney room being paid for then why not! haha

    Interesting that Disney doesn't sell lottery tickets on property!
     
  6. thumper*

    thumper* Disney Dreamer

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2010
    Messages:
    1,353
    Uhm yeah those aren't the cheerleaders for the Redwings. LOL.:cheer2: WE have a dear friend who is also a die hard Redwings fan and it doesn't matter if their season is good or bad...like a true fan.

    Those are awesome seats

    you mean like this.
    [​IMG]
    Sierra, Remmy, Buddy and Elle are cute fur babies.

    Cute my husband MArk is a big Pluto fan too. He even has a sticker of him on his phone.

    Thought I quoted the pic of Jim in the Coke bear hat. Wanted to say he looks like a big ole fun goofball, I think he'd be fun to hang with.
     
  7. DLo

    DLo DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2006
    Messages:
    1,623
    Hopping over from your last TR. looking forward to reading about your adventures .
     
  8. eleda72

    eleda72 Mouseketeer

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2014
    Messages:
    133
    Hello from Norway... we just got back from Disney on Sunday and I am looking forward to reading your TR :)
     
  9. Pluto0809

    Pluto0809 DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2012
    Messages:
    4,118
    Hi! Thanks for joining in!

    I totally understand not having a lot of DIS time! Hopefully you can stop in now and then.

    Oh, that would be fun. Jim and I did get a six game package to the Gwinnett Gladiators this year. Our first game is this Saturday.


    Would you believe he forgot his autograph book this trip? :( It was my fault of course because I forgot to remind him. :rotfl2: We ended up not doing a lot of meet and greets though so it wasn't a big deal.

    Jim definitely loves Halestorm. We saw them in concert a few years ago in Cherokee, NC but the sound sucked for some reason so we didn't enjoy it as much as we should have.

    Jim did have a really nice time and DS was great once the rain stopped.

    There's so many good options at DS now, it will be years before I can try them all! I had actually been to HOB before too but I let Jim pick that night. I may have gone elsewhere. The first time I ate at HOB they had an amazing lobster mac and cheese on the menu. I was sad to see that it was no longer available.

    If only we had won that lottery! I'd own a house in Golden Oaks right now with an open invitation to all my Disney friends to visit!

    Pluto is kind of my thing if you hadn't guessed. :rotfl:I have an entire room dedicated to him in my house. Unfortunately that room flooded in January thanks to a broken pipe (no Plutos were harmed thank goodness) and I still haven't got everything back where it belongs.


    It was definitely a lot hotter on this trip than I thought it would be. We didn't use sweatshirts at all!

    Values don't have coffee pots in the rooms. Well, maybe the renovated rooms do now, I have no idea, but definitely not the old rooms.

    I would love to go back in December for the Christmas stuff but I've got a busy few weeks coming up plus I'm out of vacation days for the year.

    We had barely any rain, the first day was basically it!


    We did have a very fun first night.

    He was pretty happy to get to see his Red Wings again.
     
    ArielSRL likes this.
  10. Pluto0809

    Pluto0809 DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2012
    Messages:
    4,118
    Huh, guess they have to check for some reason.

    I really like HOB and we also discovered that they take Tables in Wonderland even thought they weren't on the list when I checked. They also don't add the automatic 18% tip which is nice.

    While I was a fan I did drink it all. Didn't want the alcohol to go to waste. :rotfl: I definitely won't be getting it again though. Now at the Hoop Dee Doo in May I will be drinking many sangrias, they are really good.


    It was a very fun trip!

    Yeah, I stayed in pretty much the same exact location in the Calypso building. That's how I knew it would be close. It wasn't a bad walk though even from the Tennis section.

    I do miss the Disney figures in WOD but having more room to move around was nice. There was still one small section closed off when we were there in October.


    Hope you had a great trip! I loved all the cute stockings. I got a Pirate Pluto one last year.

    Hi Ryan! Can't wait to read all about your trip. I definitely want to do that Wine & Dine 5K someday.
     
    rteetz likes this.
  11. Pluto0809

    Pluto0809 DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2012
    Messages:
    4,118
    :wave:

    And I think there are more than 16 too. I combined a trip or two into one TR so it might be 17 or 18.

    Yep, not too worried about my first one either. After all, it was way back in 2012 before FP+!

    :blush:

    Thanks!

    Thanks again.

    It was, we really should do stuff like that more often.

    Ha! Not your fault. I blame the idiots in Atlanta who didn't go see the games enough. Any time we went to see the Red Wings or Penguins play the whole stadium was routing for those teams. The Thrashers just couldn't build up a big enough fan base to last in Atlanta.

    Yep, no fees to change a flight, they just charge you (or credit you) the difference in price.

    I always do Early Bird. No need to stress about being online right at 24 hours to check in or finding a seat once on the plane.

    I am too! They were probably just being polite because they have to be. :rotfl2:

    I'm pretty sure I read about someone doing it here on the DIS and that's what gave me the idea. I've also read about people having them shipped to their resort from Walmart or Amazon. Jocelyn did ask about the refillable mugs but since we didn't do a meal plan, she would have had to buy one. This was a cheaper and more convenient way because it meant they didn't have to trek back and forth to the food court to get coffee.

    Tell me about it. :sad2:

    Thanks! They are definitely a lively crew and keep us on our toes.

    Yep, you need to have a Peach Pass to use the new lanes. They start on 575 up near my house and go all the way down 75 to 285. They are reversible so they run south bound in the morning and northbound in the evening. I'm surprised you didn't notice them if you were on 75 at all. They run right down the middle of the highway.

    We were in the Rock building this trip and I didn't think it was too bad of a walk. I would have definitely liked Jazz or Calypso as they are closer. Country is the one I would not want to be in, that one is a long ways from the front.

    No, I'm not sure where the car center is. I think Jim rented from Enterprise and he dropped his rental at the Enterprise office near DS. It was about a mile away so he just walked over to DS.

    :rotfl2:Probably wouldn't have worked for me as I'm a terrible actress. I would have burst into laughter half way through trying to tell that story.

    They are cute but I think they would start to annoy me after a while. Most ears give me headaches anyways so I don't wear them.

    The only place I saw it was at 28 and Main which is in the Co-Op Marketplace at DS.

    Yeah I guess. But the sell cigarettes and liquor at the same gas station. :confused3
     
  12. Pluto0809

    Pluto0809 DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2012
    Messages:
    4,118
    He definitely is spoiled rotten. He has not one, not two but three Mickey Mouse beds!

    Thanks! They are definitely a fun bunch.

    You would think it would say club level somewhere when you buy the tickets but I guess not.

    I think this was one of our lowest days too!

    I was too! It would have been fun to meet up but at least we have May coming up!

    That is funny!

    Hi! Thanks for stopping in. No worries about getting here all the time, I know how real life can get in the way.

    True, while I was worried about driving in the middle of the night, extra Disney time was definitely another reason to go a day early.

    Nope not Red Wing cheerleaders but I don't think Jim cared one way or the other. :rotfl2:

    Yep! I have tried walking more than one of the on a leash and it hasn't been pretty. But we have a fenced in back yard so ours are not used to being on leashes that often.

    He does have a weird sense of humor that's for sure. :rotfl:

    Hi! Thanks for stopping in.

    Hi! Wow, all the way from Norway. Thanks for joining in.
     
    buzzrelly and Steppesister like this.
  13. Pluto0809

    Pluto0809 DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2012
    Messages:
    4,118
    Crazy Slinky Dog Rope Drop

    Before I get started on Day 2, I found a few more pictures from Day 1. Jim picked up a few souvenirs on his way to Orlando. At the hockey game, he bought a Tampa Bay Lightning magnet.


    [​IMG]

    And while he was at Walmart picking up the coffee pots, he found a Tampa Bay Buccaneers t-shirt.

    [​IMG]

    Jim’s a little odd with his sports team picks. He likes the Pittsburgh Pirates for baseball, Detroit Red Wings for hockey and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for football.

    I also found the pictures of the two tin signs he bought at the Coke store.


    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Another thing Jim did while solo at Disney Springs was to make me two different Pluto pressed pennies.

    [​IMG]

    Also, when he stopped at the front desk of our resort to check in, he picked us up Anniversary pins since our 20th was a few days before this trip.

    [​IMG]

    All right, let’s move on to Day 2, Saturday, October 20th, 2018. Mom, John and Jocelyn were not set to land at MCO till about 8:30 am so Jim and I decided to go on ahead to Hollywood Studios and have them meet us there. I wasn’t able to get Slinky Dog Dash FPs till later in the week after Jim was gone and he wanted to try to get a ride in before it got too crowded.

    It was going to be a scorcher of a day, well into the 90s and almost as hot as it was during my August trip. At the last minute, I changed my outfit around. I was planning on wearing a Pluto shirt with capris but the shirt was a bit thick so instead I put on the yellow Pluto shirt Jim bought me the day before along with shorts. I also decided to pull my hair back for the day. I prefer to have it down for pictures but when it’s that hot I want it up off of my neck!

    We were up and out the door around 6:45 am to start the trek over to All Star Music. HS didn’t open until 9 am but we had to drop off our luggage with bell services and grab some breakfast before heading to the buses. I wanted to get there early enough to be at the front of the pack for the SDD madness.

    We did have to make a quick stop though for Jim to have his picture taken with Donald before we left All Star Sports.


    [​IMG]

    We hiked to the front of All Star Sports and then through some parking lots over to All Star Music. It took us about 10 minutes to make it to Bell Services at All Star Music.

    [​IMG]

    After that, we ducked into the food court and I picked up a banana, plain bagel and a coke to take with me to the park. Jim had already finished my brownie from the night before and he didn’t want anything else. I tucked my purchases into Jim’s backpack and we headed out to the buses where we walked straight onto a completely empty bus to HS. You know Jim is excited (or pretending to be for my sake) when the Devil Horns come out.

    [​IMG]

    We arrived at HS and started the long trek from the buses to the main entrance. I had read about how long this walk was but honestly thought it wouldn’t be that bad. Yeah no, it was that bad, even Jim commented on it and he never complains about walking anywhere.

    By 7:50 am, this was our view.


    [​IMG]

    We ended up second in line at the turnstile we picked. Jim immediately plopped down on the ground and pulled out a book to read. I ate my breakfast, took a bathroom break and talked to the people around me. I had a great conversation about DVC with a gentleman behind me. I would love to buy into DVC but haven’t been able to convince Jim. That’s not a purchase that I can make without his approval!

    While we were waiting, I got a text from my Mom letting me know that they had arrived at MCO and were on the way to DME. She continued to text me throughout the morning, letting me know their progress.

    Around 8:30, they let us into the park and we were held right by Starbucks for the next while.


    [​IMG]

    We were only a few people back from the front and this was the scene behind us.

    [​IMG]

    I was really hoping they would let us go into Toy Story Land a bit early but it was almost 9 am before they started to lead us back to the land. Man, this was ten times crazier than Extra Magic Hours were in August! I got pushed around a lot on the walk and even got full on run over by a stroller at one point. Thank goodness I had on tennis shoes and not sandals! I expected it to be a bit more crowded being a Saturday but it was seriously crazy on this morning. Here’s the view coming around the corner into TSL. As you can see, Jim being taller and a bit more aggressive, had gotten a ways in front of me. He's easy to spot in his bright orange shirt and camo backpack.

    [​IMG]

    Finally, we made it to the entrance for Slinky Dog around 9:05 am.

    [​IMG]

    Because I was shuffled back some during the walk there, we ended up waiting about 15 minutes which was still not too bad. Here’s a few line photos to pass the time.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Hmmm, guess I didn’t take as many as I thought I did.

    Our ride photo didn’t come out that well thanks to the weird shadows that morning.


    [​IMG]

    Jim ended up really enjoying Slinky Dog. He’s not a big thrill ride enthusiast so Slinky was very much his speed. This was my third time riding it and I still liked it a lot. Unlike the first two times though, I loaded into the car first. Wow! What a difference being on that side makes. I found it a lot more thrilling because any time the track leans a bit it’s towards the left. Being seated on the left side, you get a much better view of the huge drop to the ground on those curves!

    After SDD we both needed to use the restroom which is over by Alien Saucer Swirl. The line for that ride didn’t look too bad on the way to the bathroom but by the time we were done, it had almost tripled in size. Since we had a FP for it later that afternoon, we decided to head to Toy Story Mania instead.

    The wait time for TSM said 30 minutes but I didn’t think it would take that long. Well, for once I was wrong. We ended up waiting 50 minutes for the ride. By the time I realized how long it was going to take we were pretty much committed so we stayed put. It was already hot that day so the air conditioning was nice plus it gave me time to take some line photos and look around for hidden Mickey’s. I totally missed a pretty obvious one in the first room that John spotted when we rode later that week. The first two photos are from the outside part of the line.


    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    We were routed to the third track.

    [​IMG]

    Jim and I are very competitive and he usually beats me on this one. Things were looking grim for me, he was beating me the entire time, but somehow I managed to pull ahead of him during the last game and won by a hair.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    He was not a happy camper! And I was bummed that I came so close to 200,000 again! Grrrr, someday I will get that score. But at least I won!

    After TSM, we exited out of TSL which had gotten jam packed by then and headed towards the Animation Courtyard. I had one more thing I wanted to do before the rest of the family arrived. I wanted to meet my main dog! There was a short line but I don’t think we waited more than 10 minutes before it was our turn to see Pluto. He really loved my bag and shirt and spent some time checking them out.


    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    He did one pose with both of us.

    [​IMG]

    And then he kicked Jim out so that I could have a picture with just him. He wanted to pose like dogs so that’s exactly what we did.

    [​IMG]

    After the Pluto meet, Jim needed a bathroom break so we headed over to the one in the Animation Courtyard. Just as he headed into the bathroom, I got a text from Mom saying that they were on Hollywood Blvd. I told them to head towards Launch Bay and meet us there since Jim was still in the bathroom.

    Up Next: Rockin’ Away the Afternoon
     
    DLo, rteetz, Terra Nova guy and 3 others like this.
  14. Steppesister

    Steppesister DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2013
    Messages:
    7,117
    CRAZY!! I had that too and while I started at the front, I was jostled to further behind. Just not as fast as I was a few years ago. Still 15 minutes isn't bad!

    I love the new queue for TSMM! So many cool things to look at and I LOVE the ViewMaster disk. Brought back so many memories. :)
     
  15. missjackiemcg

    missjackiemcg DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2013
    Messages:
    1,576
    Of course it was your fault!!

    PS My Facebook just started reminding me of my WDW memories from the trip when we met a few years back!! I can't believe it's already been YEARS!!!
     
  16. missjackiemcg

    missjackiemcg DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2013
    Messages:
    1,576
    Well at least they're all east of the Mississippi in any case LOL

    He did a good job with getting you pennies, buttons AND even buying you some Pluto gear! Rob would be like, "oh, you wanted buttons?"

    Love it!

    But, of course!!

    Good God, I'm so glad you told me before I dragged Jimmy on this like a big liar, "Oh, Jimmy, you'll love it!!"
     
  17. Cloe Colton

    Cloe Colton DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2018
    Messages:
    565
    Wow! Those crowds were crazy!!
     
  18. ArielSRL

    ArielSRL DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2006
    Messages:
    7,405
    Thank goodness I convinced Chad! I've been wanting to buy in for 15+ years and finally all the pieces fell into place summer of 2017! Maybe you will get him convinced soon. Look into resale!! Much more economical.

    Definitely sounds like you guys did well!

    Sounds just like my DH!
     
  19. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2007
    Messages:
    21,053
    Me too. My current one will have 3 trips.

    Hey! Me too! Started April, 2012.

    :)

    Think Jets games are pretty much sold out all the time.
    But.... dang those tickets are $$$$$$$$!
    I won't go unless I win tickets or someone's getting rid of them for cheap. (neither of which happens)

    Very nice. Impressive.

    I would do the same. ::yes::

    :laughing:

    Huh. Especially if you're far from the food court. Get that. Smart!

    I may have? Or maybe just... in the driving zone and just zipped along, oblivious.

    Yeah... we were in Country. That was awful.

    Ah. Thanks.

    :laughing:

    I'm a grown man. I don't wear them either.


    I need to get over myself.

    Thanks! Maybe I'll be able to pick one up in May...… maybe.

    Well these are necessities, you know.


    :rolleyes1
     
  20. disneyAndi14

    disneyAndi14 DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2014
    Messages:
    3,170
    That walk to TSL is crazy, can you image the walk to Galaxy’ Edge, it will be scary

    I love all your pictures of TSM queue! Your score is great, I still haven’t passed 150,000!
     
  21. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2007
    Messages:
    21,053
    Hmmm.... interesting. He bought it because... collects them? Second favourite team? Because he was there?

    I really like those! :thumbsup2

    Nice of him. Do you collect pressed pennies too? Or just because they had Pluto on them?

    Not surprised. I hear those things are going like hotcakes.

    well poop

    :faint:

    I can't relate, of course... but I can certainly get that.

    :laughing: Love this shot!

    Not too bad. I've stayed at ASMu several times, but have never trekked to the other two resorts.

    No. You ducked earlier when Jim was with him on the tennis court.

    Score!

    Wow. I've only recently heard of the mess there. I didn't know it was that bad.

    If only it would stay that way... :rolleyes:

    Not bad at all!

    Huh! I couldn't do that... but would like to. Does that a lot?

    I am renting points for the first time for the May trip, but... can't see myself buying DVC. I like to go to too many other places.

    Wonder if anyone took advantage of that fact.

    Whoa! Packed!

    :( Well that's not right. At all.

    :eek:

    Yeah, that's not bad. Better than several hours... in the heat!

    I've heard of several people complaining about that ride photo.

    Good to hear! Can't wait to (hopefully) try it next year.

    Must remember this.

    I read this and... missed a word somewhere. I thought the line for the bathroom tripled in size. And then...
    "She has a FP for the bathroom???.... wait..."

    Bit on the longish side, but... since you can't FP it anymore (at least not if you want SDD)...

    Didn't even know there was a third track.

    Woot! Way to go!

    ::yes::

    :laughing: I can just see that.

    Good thing you had that FP.
     

Share This Page