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Trip Report **Completed** Leave for Disney World on Friday The 13th They Said. It'll Be Fun They Said. A July 2018 Trip Report.

myhappyplace

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Reading along and loving your report so far!

Regarding the road trip: what awesome memories you will have! I find that the more odd things that happen, or things that don't go exactly as planned are the things that will stick out in your memory the most. One year, my family and extended family went to Maine for vacation. We had all split up during the day, as some of us went fishing, some went shopping, etc. We made plans to meet at a restaurant later that evening, where we realized-someone forgot to go back to the cabin to pick up Uncle Bill. We STILL mention this, and it happened 15 years ago :hilarious:

A few years back, DH and I stayed at Bay Lake Tower, and though I KNEW I knew the way to get onto Disney property, the GPS took us off a random exit, through a neighborhood, past Disney University (I felt like we were trespassing!) and to the Contemporary the same way! Like you, I was sort of disappointed that we didn't go under the sign, and I had no clue where we were until ***SPACE MOUNTAIN*** was right there in our faces!! LOL. We haven't had the GPS take us that way since, so I think it's just if you're headed to the Contemporary.

'Ohana-- I really loved the food there, but yeah the pacing was inconsistent. I personally would probably go back at some point for the food and the view, plus I love the Poly...but for the price, there shouldn't really be those other problems.

My next visit is in June, which will be my first summer visit **crosses everything crossable that I don't have A/C issues on the way down from GA** Must look into these towel things...

Glad things got better, and I look forward to reading more!
 

Spash007

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We haven’t eaten at Ohana yet, mostly due to us second guessing whether we’ll enjoy the flavors. I always have some regret, but after hearing about the inconsistent service now from a few people, I’m starting to feel better about it!
 

Longers

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So I’m away for a few days and missed the start of this but here now.
I would love to drive to Disney but no A/c would not be good. How long did it take you to drive?
Love that you had snacks to represent everywhere you drove through. What a cool idea.
Looking forward to reading more.
 

LisaBelle

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Original Poster
We had the same issues with O'hana... very rush, but left waiting for shrimp...... we too felt it didn't live up to the hype. Sad... I bet it once was amazing!
Sorry you had a so so visit as well. Loved the atmosphere. If it was less pricey we'd probably try again.
O'hana was one and done for us too. I think we'll try breakfast once the kiddo is older and will enjoy the characters, but that's it.
I think the character breakfast would be lots of fun. The atmosphere is great and breakfast is more reasonably priced (for Disney).
Reading along and loving your report so far!

Regarding the road trip: what awesome memories you will have! I find that the more odd things that happen, or things that don't go exactly as planned are the things that will stick out in your memory the most. One year, my family and extended family went to Maine for vacation. We had all split up during the day, as some of us went fishing, some went shopping, etc. We made plans to meet at a restaurant later that evening, where we realized-someone forgot to go back to the cabin to pick up Uncle Bill. We STILL mention this, and it happened 15 years ago :hilarious:

A few years back, DH and I stayed at Bay Lake Tower, and though I KNEW I knew the way to get onto Disney property, the GPS took us off a random exit, through a neighborhood, past Disney University (I felt like we were trespassing!) and to the Contemporary the same way! Like you, I was sort of disappointed that we didn't go under the sign, and I had no clue where we were until ***SPACE MOUNTAIN*** was right there in our faces!! LOL. We haven't had the GPS take us that way since, so I think it's just if you're headed to the Contemporary.

'Ohana-- I really loved the food there, but yeah the pacing was inconsistent. I personally would probably go back at some point for the food and the view, plus I love the Poly...but for the price, there shouldn't really be those other problems.

My next visit is in June, which will be my first summer visit **crosses everything crossable that I don't have A/C issues on the way down from GA** Must look into these towel things...

Glad things got better, and I look forward to reading more!
Thanks for reading! You're right, the mishaps do make a trip more memorable. Love your Uncle Bill story :hilarious:! It's funny that your GPS did the same thing to you. It was cool to get a new view of Space, but I really missed that moment of driving under the sign. Live and learn. Hopefully I'll know better next time. Sending pixie dust for all good things on your June road trip. Tina found the sports towels at ****'s Sporting Goods. You soak them in cold water and and wear them around your neck. They did help quite a bit, but it was so hot and humid that nothing made us comfortable!
We haven’t eaten at Ohana yet, mostly due to us second guessing whether we’ll enjoy the flavors. I always have some regret, but after hearing about the inconsistent service now from a few people, I’m starting to feel better about it!
Loved the atmosphere and I enjoyed the flavors. I wasn't sure I would like the coriander wings because I wasn't sure I'd ever had coriander before. Those were one of my favorite things that night.
So I’m away for a few days and missed the start of this but here now.
I would love to drive to Disney but no A/c would not be good. How long did it take you to drive?
Love that you had snacks to represent everywhere you drove through. What a cool idea.
Looking forward to reading more.
Yay! So glad you're here. No a/c was miserable but we had Disney to look forward to so we persevered!
Google says that it takes 13 hours to drive from Cincinnati to Disney. It actually took us more like 19 hours over 2 days. Of course that included our stop at the repair shop, a long stop so that we could finally meet up with Tina's family and of course our detour around Orlando! I love planning and making the snack bags. Allie always helps plan everything else, but I keep those bags a secret from her too so that she still has a few surprises to look forward to. Lots more to come. Next post is in the works right now.
I'm glad to see this report come up! Looking forward to seeing more. We were down there around the same time, too bad our paths didn't cross.
Glad to have you join in the fun. I knew from reading your reports that you and Brad were going to be down there when we were. I kept my eyes peeled for you guys but never saw you. I haven't finished reading your TR yet, but I have been checking the background of your pics to see if we may have crossed paths without realizing it.
 

LisaBelle

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Day 3 Magic Kingdom Day and Paul & Lisa's Anniversary!
After we returned from dinner the night before we made a quick stop at the Contempo Cafe to pick up our mugs (we were not on the dining plan but couldn't resist the mugs) and some granola bars and fruit for a quick breakfast in the morning.

We awoke bright eyed and bushy tailed-ready for our first day at MK. We grabbed granola bars to eat and headed out. We decided to walk to MK. It was a really nice walk and it was great to get through security prior to arriving at the park.


Allie practiced her proper Disney pointing etiquette to head us in the right direction.


Hello Monorail! It was cool to walk under the track on our journey to MK.


Train station

This was taken on the first day of our last family trip. Allie was 8, Spence was 3 and Adam was 12!

All grown up!
 

LisaBelle

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Original Poster
We were ready to enter MK! This is one of my absolute favorite parts of a Disney vacation. Reading this sign, walking under the tunnel and standing on Main Street USA! I love this sign so much that later in the week I purchased a key chain and a t-shirt with this saying.

It was a beautiful morning!

And the moment we've all been waiting for! I was finally HOME!

I am teary eyed right now just looking at this magnificent sight!
We stopped for the obligatory group photo and headed toward the hub.


Just as I turned around, the fireworks signaled that MK was officially open!

We headed toward the teacups in Fantasyland. We chose the teacups as our first ride because it was our first ride on our last family trip.



 

LisaBelle

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We have a photo of our dad making a silly face on the teacups. Adam looks a lot like our dad, so we had him try to recreate the face.

Having fun!

Next we headed to the Hundred Acre Wood to visit Pooh and his friends!


Then we took a spin on everyone's favorite flying elephant. This is the first ride Paul, Adam, Allie and I rode on our first WDW trip.





 

LisaBelle

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We went from soaring through the sky to a trip under the sea.

Allie had some fun in the queue!

My favorite part!



After our voyage we were getting hungry so we popped into Gaston's to cool off and have a bite to eat.


Tina got a LeFou's Brew for us to share. We also shared a sandwich and some hummus and pretzels. We were very disappointed in the hummus and pretzels as it was the same lunch box size container I can buy any day at Kroger. I expected it to be a larger serving and to maybe have some different type of pretzels.

Tina borrowed Gaston's chair!

 

amjt660

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We did Ohana when the girls were young (probably 3 times + the dinner show) and gave up
Too much money and too loud for what you get

Assembly line mentality from the service staff
This is probably the most annoying thing for me - when feels like everyone on staff is going through the motions for you - the good feeling about a meal is lost


Max
 

amjt660

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Day 3 Magic Kingdom Day and Paul & Lisa's Anniversary!
After we returned from dinner the night before we made a quick stop at the Contempo Cafe to pick up our mugs (we were not on the dining plan but couldn't resist the mugs) and some granola bars and fruit for a quick breakfast in the morning.

We awoke bright eyed and bushy tailed-ready for our first day at MK. We grabbed granola bars to eat and headed out. We decided to walk to MK. It was a really nice walk and it was great to get through security prior to arriving at the park.


Allie practiced her proper Disney pointing etiquette to head us in the right direction.


Hello Monorail! It was cool to walk under the track on our journey to MK.


Train station

This was taken on the first day of our last family trip. Allie was 8, Spence was 3 and Adam was 12!

All grown up!
Loving the throwback pics!!
Keep them coming!!!

Max
 

LisaBelle

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Original Poster
We did Ohana when the girls were young (probably 3 times + the dinner show) and gave up
Too much money and too loud for what you get

Assembly line mentality from the service staff
This is probably the most annoying thing for me - when feels like everyone on staff is going through the motions for you - the good feeling about a meal is lost


Max
Agreed

Loving the throwback pics!!
Keep them coming!!!

Max
Glad you are enjoying them. I will try to incorporate as many as I can!
 

MorganInWonderland

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I've been waiting for this report!!! I'm from TN and I don't think i've ever had a Goo-Goo Cluster... I had no idea they were even from TN! I'm glad you made the best of your a/c-less drive! I don't know how y'all survived the heat!

Ah man :( you're 'Ohana review is a bummer. We scheduled a meal there for May but now i'm rethinking it. I've read they recently replaced the noodles and veggies with fried rice?? Hopefully they change it back!

It's fun to read about your MK day! We were literally going in the opposite direction of each other the whole day lol!
 
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