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Trip Report A Not So Splashy, Very Dashy, Somewhat Sleepy and A Little Frisky, Uplyfting Sept 2018 TR

Figment Forever

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I really like this restaurant and today did not disappoint.

I had the pork.


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Julia had the lamb chops.


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Hope had mac&cheese.


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Ross had the steak.


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Dessert was YUMMY too!

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I think we all cleaned our plates.

During dinner, Ross asked about the Lyft charges. I admit I tried to conceal my new found transportation, but I forgot that he would see the charges if he checked our credit card statement. He was not too happy. My frugal hubby did not see the point in paying for transport that we got free. It didn’t help that when I downloaded the APP, I forgot to do it through Jet Blue or I would have receive points – something Ross would have seen value in. I argued my “time is money” case, but in the end, we agreed to disagree on the matter. Little did he know I had a couple of more Lyft rides planned for the duration of our stay.
 

Figment Forever

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By now, Ross was toast. He decided to go back to the room and go to sleep. We said our goodbyes and I instructed him to go to sleep in the “one” bed in the room.

The girls and I did something we had never done before – The Swiss Family Tree house.


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We went to use the restrooms by POTC, so I took the opportunity to go into the Sunglass Hut and see if they could help me out with Ross’ glasses. I walked up to a CM and showed her the glasses. She said she could talk me through fixing them, but she was not allowed to touch a guest’s prescription glasses. At this point, I was going to take all the help I could get. The last thing I needed was to spend a week with Mr. Magoo driving me nuts!

Unfortunately, the CM might have met her match. She saw the glasses were difficult to work with, so she took them and went to work. I was telling her about the unfortunate events of Ross’ day when I got a text from him. This is the text conversation that took place between us.

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He would later admit he woke up in time to get off at POP and the bus did not bring him back!

It took about a half hour, but believe it or not that awesome CM was able to fix his glasses! I was beyond grateful to her!! I would have loved to have said something so she could be recognized, but I was actually afraid that she would get into trouble, so I didn’t.
 

Figment Forever

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Once we had Ross’ glasses taken care of, we headed back into the park and went to see our bear friends.

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It was almost 8:30 so we raced around the castle to see HEA. We couldn’t squeeze past the side of the castle so we just watched from a side view without the projections, but it was still awesome.

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After HEA, it was getting close to EMH and we figured we should ride Splash before it closed. But as we walked by HOP, we decided we would visit there instead. I haven’t been there since I was a kid and since it was down for refurbishment last year, so we were all pretty excited.


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EMH had officially started and since Splash was closed we opted for the wildest ride in the wilderness – back row!


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We wandered over to Fantasyland. Julia wanted to ride Ariel. Hope was not pleased, it was one of those omnimovers that bothered her. I gave her the I-Pod and we made our way on to the ride. Hope kept saying that she didn’t want to hear Sebastian talking. I didn’t understand because she likes Sebastian so why should he bother her? Yet she didn’t stop talking about Sebastian and the sea witch. About halfway through, I figured it out. When the ride stops, Sebastian addresses everyone saying that the sea witch must have done something to stop the ride. That’s why she doesn’t want to hear from him – the means the ride is interrupted. Thankfully, our ride was free of drama from start to finish. I had a happy Hope at the end and I tried explaining to her that the rides don’t always stop.


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It was about 10:15 and I had promised Julia that she could play SOTMK. So I let her go off while Hope and I shopped a bit. I stopped to get a root bear float and Hope got some of her favorite – “just” vanilla.


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We met up with Julia at 11:00 when they shut the game down ad we made our way to the bus. I have to say, the bus lines for POP were overwhelming to see. But again, the busses – especially the double busses keep coming and the OMG line does move pretty quickly.


We walked through the line and as we got closer to the front, I decided to have the driver lock Hope’s stroller in as a wheelchair. Since wheelchairs have to “walk” the entire line at MK, I didn’t feel like I was cutting the line, instead, we actually waiter a little longer – so that made me feel better. Lol When it was our turn, Hope and I got on. The driver was sweet and locked her stroller in and I stood next to her while Julia sat down across from us. Once we and another wheelchair party was settled, everyone else got on. It was still a packed bus – standing room only. Sure enough, a woman holding a little baby – not a toddler, but a baby ended up standing in front of Julia. Julia shot me a glance that clearly said, “I know I should get up but my feet want me to stay put!” I looked away because I wanted her to make this decision. A few feet away from them, an older woman who was standing, looked down and addressed Julia and two other teens who were sitting next to her. She said, “Would one of you nice young ladies please give your seat to this woman holding her baby?” I peeked a glance at Julia who looked miserable – her conscience must have been doing quite a job. The two other girls were on their phones and I don’t know if they heard the woman’s request, but I watched as Julia got up and the woman with the baby sat down and thanked her – as did the woman who asked her to give up her seat. Ironically, Julia said she and the older woman ended up having quite a nice conversation on the way back home. I was proud of her and happy she made that decision without my input.

Once back at the room, Ross was sound asleep. I placed his glasses on the dresser and we all climbed into our “2” beds.

Up Next: Will I finally get to see Stars Wars Fireworks?
 

Figment Forever

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OH thanks goodness for that sunglass hut gal... I just know it would have been an issue for you the entire time!
Exactly! You are correct - it would have been a huge issue for "me". :joyfull: Ross seems to get into enough mischief with correct vision, can you imagine him wandering blindly around WDW for the week? Although the possibilities for TR incidences are endless...
 

Spash007

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Julia, Hope and my name came up at the end, but no Ross. Oh yes, for those of you who read last year’s TR… Remember how Ross’ Magic Band didn’t allow him to charge items? The same was happening this year. His Magic Band worked to get into the parks and open the room doors, but not for charging and the pictures did not recognize him either.
This must be what happened to me! When I went on the single rider, my picture never showed up. On Small World everyone else's name showed up, but not mine. But I was able to get into parks, the room etc. I didn't try charging, but I was so confused about the pictures. It wasn't a huge deal so I didn't ask anyone, but I have to admit I feel really vindicated right now that it wasn't just me haha. Thank you!
 
Day 7 Wednesday September 12, 2018 Continued...

After the parade, I suggested that we try the Sunglass Hut location in Adventureland, but he said no – he would be fine. I knew better. He wasn’t fine. He couldn’t see more than a foot in front of him.

We walked into the firehouse to get the girls Sorcery Cards and then we continued back to Fantasyland to ride Small World.


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Julia, Hope and my name came up at the end, but no Ross. Oh yes, for those of you who read last year’s TR… Remember how Ross’ Magic Band didn’t allow him to charge items? The same was happening this year. His Magic Band worked to get into the parks and open the room doors, but not for charging and the pictures did not recognize him either.

Now just to recap, Ross was just about half way through his first day of vacation and so far he was groped by TSA at the airport, his MB was not working correctly, he thought there was only one bed in the room, his glasses broke and we lost Hope.

But to look on the bright side, Philharmagic was opened again so off we went to watch the symphony. Then we went to visit more royalty.

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It's so weird to see Ross without his beard. Over the holidays I was rereading your TR from 2013, with his enormous beard 😄
 

disneypearl

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That was so nice of the CM to help you out with the glasses! I wouldn't have let anyone know of her kindness either. I wouldn't want to risk her getting in trouble for helping.
Glad you are back to reporting and hope you had a wonderful Christmas!
 

Figment Forever

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This must be what happened to me! When I went on the single rider, my picture never showed up. On Small World everyone else's name showed up, but not mine. But I was able to get into parks, the room etc. I didn't try charging, but I was so confused about the pictures. It wasn't a huge deal so I didn't ask anyone, but I have to admit I feel really vindicated right now that it wasn't just me haha. Thank you!

It's the strangest thing honestly. We spent so much time last year trying to have the CM's fix it but without any success so this year he just wore one of my extra MB to charge things. Ross thinks it has something to do with him not being on the first reservation, but who knows?
 

Figment Forever

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That was so nice of the CM to help you out with the glasses! I wouldn't have let anyone know of her kindness either. I wouldn't want to risk her getting in trouble for helping.
Glad you are back to reporting and hope you had a wonderful Christmas!
She was just awesome! I really wish I could have gotten her some recognition. Hope you had a Merry Christmas too!!
 

Swissmiss

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She was just awesome! I really wish I could have gotten her some recognition. Hope you had a Merry Christmas too!!
You probably could have given her some « vague » recognition (like saying she went above and beyond adequate customer service and that they are lucky to have such a CM in a public location) without ever mentioning exactly what she did for you. And if you were pressed for details you could have stretched the truth saying how good she was at talking you through the repairs 😉.
 

Figment Forever

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You probably could have given her some « vague » recognition (like saying she went above and beyond adequate customer service and that they are lucky to have such a CM in a public location) without ever mentioning exactly what she did for you. And if you were pressed for details you could have stretched the truth saying how good she was at talking you through the repairs 😉.

Good points! That would have been good!
 

Figment Forever

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Day 8 Wednesday September 13, 2018

One thing that I really did differently this trip was I decided it was pointless making everyone wake up early. There were exceptions, as I did book a few breakfasts, but for the most part, I even tried to keep them on the later side. I had to concede that my crew is just not the rope drop type, especially with Ross in tow.

So even though I woke up first, I stayed in bed and relaxed for a while. I heard Ross wake up and walk over to the dresser to get his phone. He noticed his glasses, now fixed, and picked them up as if he didn’t recognize them. It was hilarious as he put them on and then looked all around to be sure they were his! He then came over to me and asked, “Did you get them fixed?”

“Yep.” I answered.

“Where?”

“The Sunglass Hut – the place I told you to go in the first place.”

He was beyond grateful to have his sight back. He even admitted to me that he walked over to the food court when he got back to the resort yesterday and had to leave because he couldn’t read the menus!

The girls woke up and since we didn’t have breakfast ADR’s, I walked down to the food court with Hope to get breakfast and bring it back to the room.



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Oh – Hope once again woke up wanting to “escape” the room. This was the moment when I realized that she was not “completing” her night when she fell asleep on the bus ride home. So from this day on, we always woke her up when we got to our bus depot so she could say good night to the busses. As crazy as that sounds, it worked; she never tried to exit the room in the morning again.

We had our breakfast and got ready for the day. We were heading back to the Studios today and Hope was very excited to show daddy Slinky Dog.


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We left our room around 10:00 and made it to HS at about 10:15 and then began the CRAZY walk to the park entrance.


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Hope loved seeing all the construction for the skyway.


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We managed to get on the longest and slowest security line, but soon we made it inside!

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Figment Forever

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I had to change our first FP, since we missed it. But it was easy enough to do and we headed straight for our next FP – everyone’s favorite except yours truly…

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AS we exit ToT, we saw a film crew photographing a woman in a bellhop dress. Julia got excited and thought maybe it was Stacey, but no the girl didn’t look anything like her. But it seemed it was definitely a marketing thing. We would see the same crew another day at MK.

Then we were off to TSL – but first a coming attraction photo shoot!

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Rista1313

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Day 8 Wednesday September 13, 2018

One thing that I really did differently this trip was I decided it was pointless making everyone wake up early. There were exceptions, as I did book a few breakfasts, but for the most part, I even tried to keep them on the later side. I had to concede that my crew is just not the rope drop type, especially with Ross in tow.

So even though I woke up first, I stayed in bed and relaxed for a while. I heard Ross wake up and walk over to the dresser to get his phone. He noticed his glasses, now fixed, and picked them up as if he didn’t recognize them. It was hilarious as he put them on and then looked all around to be sure they were his! He then came over to me and asked, “Did you get them fixed?”

“Yep.” I answered.

“Where?”

“The Sunglass Hut – the place I told you to go in the first place.”

He was beyond grateful to have his sight back. He even admitted to me that he walked over to the food court when he got back to the resort yesterday and had to leave because he couldn’t read the menus!

The girls woke up and since we didn’t have breakfast ADR’s, I walked down to the food court with Hope to get breakfast and bring it back to the room.


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Oh – Hope once again woke up wanting to “escape” the room. This was the moment when I realized that she was not “completing” her night when she fell asleep on the bus ride home. So from this day on, we always woke her up when we got to our bus depot so she could say good night to the busses. As crazy as that sounds, it worked; she never tried to exit the room in the morning again.

We had our breakfast and got ready for the day. We were heading back to the Studios today and Hope was very excited to show daddy Slinky Dog.

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We left our room around 10:00 and made it to HS at about 10:15 and then began the CRAZY walk to the park entrance.

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Hope loved seeing all the construction for the skyway.

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We managed to get on the longest and slowest security line, but soon we made it inside!

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Does that cast member has green lips and face paint??????????
 
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