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Trip Report Time for Flowers! Flower & Food (Garden) March 2017

Discussion in 'WDW Trip Reports' started by ajrwdwgirl, Mar 16, 2017.

  1. Songbird76

    Songbird76 Well-Known Member

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    Train transportation is ridiculously expensive though. If we were going to go, we'd either drive ourselves or we'd book a bus trip. I looked at prices yesterday, and it's not really doable this year. Not if we're going to Dublin in September.
     
  2. fractal

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    I agree with you re: sparkling water.

    Enjoying all the topiary and floral photos!
     
  3. figmentfan423

    figmentfan423 Well-Known Member

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    Sympathy like
     
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  4. Courtney6682

    Courtney6682 Well-Known Member

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    Good for him, stopping to smell the ''roses''! Something I need to keep in mind for my August trip!
     
  5. Mickey2422

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    Have caught up on your report. We just got back recently from Flower and Garden as well. Looking forward to more of your report and pictures!
     
  6. MotherofaPrincessLover

    MotherofaPrincessLover Well-Known Member

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    Me too. Maybe someday it will come to MSP.
     
  7. betty rose

    betty rose Premium Member

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    Thanks for the tag. I'm loving the report and enjoy another margarita, for me!
     
  8. betty rose

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    United does the changing too. But, we do get a notice.
     
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  9. ajrwdwgirl

    ajrwdwgirl Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Thanks!

    We have been making ourselves slow down on our most recent trips, to proverbially and literally stop and smell the roses. It is great.

    Awesome! Thanks for following.

    Thanks! I will, there will be a margarita coming up in the report soon!
     
  10. ajrwdwgirl

    ajrwdwgirl Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    I have a trip coming up on Delta for April and they changed the departure time to 10 minutes later. It isn't that much of a difference but I never got an email about it I only found out because I logged in to see how many air miles I have. It wasn't a major difference and not one that I would need to change my flight over, but it is still annoying.
     
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    I like your pic of the Flower Anna and Elsa with the carving in the rock
    Very artistic

    Max
     
  12. ajrwdwgirl

    ajrwdwgirl Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Thanks! I was going for artistic there.
     
  13. ajrwdwgirl

    ajrwdwgirl Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    After our tour on Frozen we headed to China. Our goal was to wander through World Showcase to see the topiaries, but we were not going to eat any more at the F&G booths because we had a 5:30 pm ADR at Yachtsman Steakhouse.

    There was a couple cute pandas but only this one will upload.
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    And a dragon.
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    I've been wanting to see the Chinese acrobats for some time now, but the timing just never worked so I was pretty happy when I heard the introduction for them. The Acrobats had quite a large crowd, but we managed to get a decent view point. The show was pretty neat, I recommend seeing it if you are in the area.
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    These two were on skates, and did some crazy stuff. It moved pretty quick and I knew my camera wouldn't get a decent pic so I just watched.
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  14. ajrwdwgirl

    ajrwdwgirl Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    As we were leaving China we heard an announcement that the bridge between China and the African Outpost would be raised. We made it across before we had to wait for this to go by.
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    Once in Germany we said hello to the Snow White & the 7 Dwarfs topiaries and did a fun photo pass.

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    Once in Italy we saw some pups...Lady and the Tramp!
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    Brad wanted to go see the Smokehouse, even though we weren't eating. He was pretty excited to eventually eat there.
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    As we were walking to the International Gateway we had to walk through France, and we noticed that at the slushy stand there was no line just two people finishing their order. There is always a line there! So we decided to have a pre-dinner drink.

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    Grand Marnier Slush? Yes please!
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  15. ajrwdwgirl

    ajrwdwgirl Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    We were a little early for our Yachtsman reservation but just by a few minutes so we checked in and soon we were seated.
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    A look at the restaurant from my left.
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    The ceiling nearby, I think it is lovely.
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    Soon the sourdough rolls and the onion pull aparts arrived with salted butter and roasted garlic. Yum!
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    The onion roll and my Sam Adams seasonal beer. Brad surprisingly had a Mai Tai but I don't think I have a picture of that. He strayed from his normal rum and coke!
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    My steak: rib-eye with malt vinegar fries
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    Brad's Kansas strip steak
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    Brad wanted the caramelized onions and I wanted the truffle mac and cheese. The onions were fine, but they didn't add anything to our steaks. The truffle mac and cheese however.....is so divine. I could probably eat a vat of it. Maybe even a vat and another one after that!
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    A close up of heaven....
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  16. ajrwdwgirl

    ajrwdwgirl Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Dinner at the Yachtsman was expensive, but I figure when everything tasted that fantastic, it is worth it. We passed up dessert there because I wanted to try something else nearby.....

    Ample Hills Creamery. With all the stuff @Tuvalu has shared, I just had to check it out. Plus being from the Dairy State I must have ice cream. I loved sampling the ice creams ahead of time. Two of the ice creams in this picture ended up as my favorite: Oatmeal Lace and the View.
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    Very fun murals inside
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    Of course we couldn't choose just one flavor so we got the sampler to share. As I said my favorite was the oatmeal lace, which totally surprised me as I usually like chocolate above anything else. Fortunately, hubby did not like it at all so I got all of it. He ended up liking the pecan one and I didn't so much, so he ate most of that one.
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    I also got a little too much sun today, so ice cream was sure to cool me down.
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    What a great view to enjoy sweets with my sweetie!
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  17. ajrwdwgirl

    ajrwdwgirl Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    After Ample Hills ice cream, we headed over to the Studios to see the Star Wars fireworks. We ended up walking. Both of us saw a boat at the Yacht Club but we decided not to wait to see if it was an Epcot or a Studios boat. It turned out to be a Studios boat, as it passed us when we had about 3 minutes left to walk. But we didn't want to chance waiting as we had another time and missed the fireworks.

    Anyway, we found a decent spot for the show. And sure enough once the show started some kids went up on their parents shoulders. :mad: I don't mind if a parent holds their kid on their back so the kids head is even with their eyes but the shoulders thing is just insensitive. My dad never put us on his shoulders. I remember as a kid barely seeing anything of Illuminations because of all the tall people. Anyway...getting off track....

    Here's a few shots of the Star Wars fireworks.
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    And just a shot then as we left, kind of taken on the fly so a little blurry....
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    So that is the end of our first day. Flight down, Epcot, Yachtsman and Star Wars fireworks. We packed a lot in and we were ready for bed but more importantly ready for more tomorrow!
     
  18. fractal

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    Yachtsman and Ample Hills looks great!
     
  19. ajrwdwgirl

    ajrwdwgirl Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Oh, they were. You should put them on your list for you trip.
     
  20. MinnieM123

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    Drooling over the food pictures . . . :hungry:

    Any of the shows by the Chinese acrobats are outstanding. They're all very talented.
     

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