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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.

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. It seemed like they were just trying to push all the food out to everyone no matter how it was prepared. Very inconsistent preparation and nothing very impressive overall.
 

Longers

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This is why I am glad it’s sunny in Florida! Sunglasses come in very handy when this happens.........

I am teary eyed right now just looking at this magnificent sight!
 

littleroo

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Sadly, Ohana, is off our list, as well but it seems all hibachi, Brazilian themed restaurants are like this everywhere. I call it the herd mentality. Get you in and get you out!

So glad you are finally relaxing after that crazy, memorable drive! Following and enjoying!!
 

MerMom1981

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Coming along for the ride!

I love your themed car snacks! We've taken two trips from Chicago to Nashville in the past 6 months, and I wish I did fun snacks! Mom goals.

You are KILLING me with the then and now pictures. 😭 Just another reminder that childhood is so brief.
The kids that they are today were never meant to stay

Also. The sign. I tear up every time I read it. Even on my phone. Where did you find a keychain?

Ok. Ready for more. Just be gentle 😉
 

LisaBelle

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ok but now I know who kept everyone level headed and even keeled for the whole trip

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I have one of those as well!!!

Max
Very perceptive of you! She absolutely did just that!

bro we also got the chocolate croissants which were super yummy!!
I don't know how I forgot about those! I guess I didn't put them in my notes. Of course, if you'd been awake when I wrote this post you could have reminded me then.....:hilarious:

This is why I am glad it’s sunny in Florida! Sunglasses come in very handy when this happens.........

I am teary eyed right now just looking at this magnificent sight!
Totally agree on the sunglasses. It's amazing how the sight of that castle can do that to us!

Sadly, Ohana, is off our list, as well but it seems all hibachi, Brazilian themed restaurants are like this everywhere. I call it the herd mentality. Get you in and get you out!

So glad you are finally relaxing after that crazy, memorable drive! Following and enjoying!!
Thanks for reading! Too bad Ohana is disappointing so many people! Being in the MK is good for the soul and defintely helped us to recover from the craziness!

Coming along for the ride!

I love your themed car snacks! We've taken two trips from Chicago to Nashville in the past 6 months, and I wish I did fun snacks! Mom goals.

You are KILLING me with the then and now pictures. 😭 Just another reminder that childhood is so brief.
The kids that they are today were never meant to stay

Also. The sign. I tear up every time I read it. Even on my phone. Where did you find a keychain?

Ok. Ready for more. Just be gentle 😉
Glad you're here!
Thanks! I love putting the car snacks together. It's really fun to watch them open the bags and to see their reaction when they tried new things like the Goo Goo Clusters. Researching the items took a bit of time (maybe an hour or so), but once I decided what I wanted to buy they came together very quickly. Last trip I was less creative and just shoved all the snacks in the bag that rides by my feet. I then pulled out the snack as we crossed the state line. This year I knew we were going to be in 2 cars so I had to package it differently so everyone would know which treat went with each state. Hope you get a chance to try it on another road trip :happy:!
I promised @amjt660 that I would look for more then and now pictures. I can't believe how much they've all changed. It's bittersweet to look at many of the older pictures because our parents passed away since the last family trip. There were lots of times I teared up because I was really missing them. I know they were there in spirit. I'm sure they were relieved to miss out on the air conditioning debacle :hilarious:!
Glad to hear so many others love the sign as much as I do. I found both the keychain and the t-shirt at the Emporium.
I'm going to try and get another post finished tonight. It was my first day back at school so no promises!
 

LisaBelle

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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!
Hey Morgan! Glad you're here! You should definitely try a Goo Goo Cluster. They are YUMMY! Adam and Allied said the Goo Goos were their favorite state treat.
No a/c was ROUGH. Hope I never have to experience that again!
Yeah. I was sad that I didn't love 'Ohana. I was the one who wanted to eat there and left disappointed. It wasn't bad, but for the money I expected more. I enjoyed the noodles so I hope they bring those back.
When we were comparing our plans I remember that we were always going the opposite direction. None the less, I looked for you and Cody all day.
 

LisaBelle

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After our break at Gaston's we headed for Small World.




I had been texting with two forum members hoping for a meet up. One, was @MorganInWonderland, but she and Cody were going the opposite direction of us all day. As we sailed through Small World I received a text from the other member. She was on a boat heading for MK. We were headed for Philharmagic and agreed to meet there. On the way over we had to explain trip reporting to Mark. Then we had to explain to Spence that his Aunt Lisa was about to meet someone she met on the internet but remind him that he should never do that :hilarious:. So who were we meeting?
None other than @Doc Disney and her mom, Mary!

Allie got creative and we ended up looking like princesses!

I just noticed that Mary isn't in our photo :(. It was great to finally meet forum friends! Megan and Mary were super nice. We chatted like we'd known eachother forever. They had visited Toy Story Land earlier in their trip so we discussed a strategy to help us see everything we wanted to see. We had some fastpass times approaching so we said so long. I hope our paths will cross again some day.
After our meet up we headed in to Philharmagic.


Our fp for Space Mountain was next.

 

LisaBelle

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I had to ride with strangers. Obviously I never remember exactly where the camera is located :hilarious:.



Those are some flattering ride photos right there :hilarious:!
We stopped for a bathroom break and noticed an Incredibles PP opportunity.




Next up was the People Mover. This was being refurbed during our 2014 trip and Tina and I didn't get to ride it in 2016 so I was very glad to ride today.


 

LisaBelle

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A few pics from the People Mover. This is one of my favorite attractions. So relaxing and it's fun to get a different view of all the hustle and bustle in the park below.




We had to head across the park for our next FP. We hadn't had enough of the castle so we walked through the hub.
Allie took this picture and I just love it. You can see how happy I am to be home again :inlove:



I'll have to pick this up again tomorrow. It's a school night and it's already waaaaaaayyy past my bedtime.

Up next: The Wildest Ride in the Wilderness
 

amjt660

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Looks like the drama of the ride down has been washed away by the magic of Disney!!!

Great that you met up with Megan and Mary (or so you say - no evidence that Mary was present!!!)
(maybe if I go back through Doc Disney's reports I can find one)

Continuing to follow along!!

Max
 

amjt660

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I really appreciate that you and all the other people who write TRs stay up way after your bedtimes writing them because it gives me something fun to read with my morning coffee, so thanks! 😃
Trip reports end up being wonderful things to read and comment on
But, they take a lot of work to compile

So a tip of the hat to all you take the time to document and share their experiences for the rest of us to enjoy
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Max
 

Nobia Williams

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Thanks! I love them too. I bought them at the Emporium during our 2104 trip. When I'm not at Disney I wear them whenever I need to be cheered up!
I have those earrings and love them too. I bought on our 2016 WDW trip. I am enjoying your TR. I feel your pain with the car issues. I drove from So. California to South Carolina many years ago in June. My air conditioner quit right as we got into AZ.
 

fractal

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Beautiful family "dress up" pics.

Glad you got into Ohana even though it didn't quite delivery. It is a lot of $$$ and the service is so key to the experience. Our food and service was top notch on our first go, but 2nd time was a letdown and I remember saying I wasn't coming back. Third time was great again. There does seem to be some inconsistency with that place.

Lots of smiles on Day 2!
 

LisaBelle

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I really appreciate that you and all the other people who write TRs stay up way after your bedtimes writing them because it gives me something fun to read with my morning coffee, so thanks! 😃
Awwwe! Thanks! I loved reading everyone else's trip reports and decided to try my hand at it as well. It's tons of fun to re-live the trip.

Looks like the drama of the ride down has been washed away by the magic of Disney!!!

Great that you met up with Megan and Mary (or so you say - no evidence that Mary was present!!!)
(maybe if I go back through Doc Disney's reports I can find one)

Continuing to follow along!!

Max
Disney Magic at it's best!
I was so excited for my first Magic meet up! Mary was there. I promise. I'm pretty sure @Doc Disney can vouch for me.

Trip reports end up being wonderful things to read and comment on
But, they take a lot of work to compile

So a tip of the hat to all you take the time to document and share their experiences for the rest of us to enjoy
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Max
Thanks Max. A tip of the hat to you and all my fellow trip report writers. I always forget how much time it takes. I don't know how @Tuvalu, @Doc Disney and the other frequent reporters keep up! Thanks to all the readers, too. It's heartwarming to find so many others who share my love of Disney :inlove:

I have those earrings and love them too. I bought on our 2016 WDW trip. I am enjoying your TR. I feel your pain with the car issues. I drove from So. California to South Carolina many years ago in June. My air conditioner quit right as we got into AZ.
That's a long trip with no a/c. Definitely not something I want to repeat, but it certainly provided us with many unforgettable memories.

Great report follow along!!
Thanks for reading! Glad to have you along.

And how suddenly, I want a pink baseball shirt and a matching pink backpack!
:happy::hilarious:

Beautiful family "dress up" pics.

Glad you got into Ohana even though it didn't quite delivery. It is a lot of $$$ and the service is so key to the experience. Our food and service was top notch on our first go, but 2nd time was a letdown and I remember saying I wasn't coming back. Third time was great again. There does seem to be some inconsistency with that place.

Lots of smiles on Day 2!
Thanks! It's nice to have a photo of all of us in dressier clothes. Our Disney pictures usually showcase our sweaty shorts and t-shirts look!
We may give 'Ohana another try down the road. In the meantime, we have lots of other restaurants we want to try.
Nothing chases the blues away like Disney! Thanks for reading!
 

MeeskaMooska0714

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Sorry about your Ohana experience! I've never been, but do have an ADR for our trip in June for Father's Day. Thinking of reconsidering - especially for the price.

Thank you again for sacrificing your sleep for us!! :happy:
 

LisaBelle

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Sorry about your Ohana experience! I've never been, but do have an ADR for our trip in June for Father's Day. Thinking of reconsidering - especially for the price.

Thank you again for sacrificing your sleep for us!! :happy:
It seems like ‘Ohana is very inconsistent. You might get lucky! I’m glad we tried it , but it definitely won’t be on our repeat visit list.
Thanks! I had parent teacher conferences tonight so I will be back to posting tomorrow!
 
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