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Trip Report It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas! *COMPLETED*

Tuvalu

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The drapes had been open when we left the room this afternoon and now this lovely sight greeted us.

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@MissViv you were right ~ we had a perfect view of Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime fireworks!

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Unlike HEA, the MVMCP show includes perimeter fireworks. 😍

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(If only I had @fractal or @sheriffwoody ’s photography skills and equipment! Sigh.)

What a grand ending to a great day.
 

Tuvalu

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Wednesday, November 20

Woody and I had so enjoyed our “unplanned” time at Epcot yesterday and awoke anticipating our “planned” Epcot day today. The forecast called for more sunshine (yay!) and we hoped to encounter the same low crowds.

After a light breakfast we went to catch the bus. The WL has three bus slots, one behind another. The Epcot bus was parked in the last slot just as we arrived. We boarded with several other guests and then the driver slowly pulled away and entered the travel lane.

What happened next still boggles my mind.

A woman and her two small children (both under 7 years old) RAN into the travel lane....directly in front of another bus(!)....wanting to board our bus. With his hands, our driver shooed them back to the sidewalk without opening the door. The woman and her kids stood there perplexed for a moment before realizing our driver was telling them to MOVE.

What mother in her right mind would run into the street with her young children in an attempt to chase down a bus (that was clearly leaving)??!!!

To make matters worse, our driver then rewarded Mom for her idiocy. He pulled into the first bus slot and opened the door.

“The rest of my family will be here in a sec,” Mom announced as she boarded the bus. In the distance I could see four family members running towards us.

That’s okay, we’ll all wait for YOUR family. Never mind we all boarded the bus safely!

Woody saw my furrowed brow and squeezed my hand, an indication I needed to “let it go.” I tried to relax but inside I was fuming.

I got happy by the time we arrived at Epcot. The new security area is SO. MUCH. BETTER.

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But......WALLS.

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MinnieM123

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After a light breakfast we went to catch the bus. The WL has three bus slots, one behind another. The Epcot bus was parked in the last slot just as we arrived. We boarded with several other guests and then the driver slowly pulled away and entered the travel lane.

What happened next still boggles my mind.

A woman and her two small children (both under 7 years old) RAN into the travel lane....directly in front of another bus(!)....wanting to board our bus. With his hands, our driver shooed them back to the sidewalk without opening the door. The woman and her kids stood there perplexed for a moment before realizing our driver was telling them to MOVE.

What mother in her right mind would run into the street with her young children in an attempt to chase down a bus (that was clearly leaving)??!!!

To make matters worse, our driver then rewarded Mom for her idiocy. He pulled into the first bus slot and opened the door.

“The rest of my family will be here in a sec,” Mom announced as she boarded the bus. In the distance I could see four family members running towards us.

That’s okay, we’ll all wait for YOUR family. Never mind we all boarded the bus safely!

Woody saw my furrowed brow and squeezed my hand, an indication I needed to “let it go.” I tried to relax but inside I was fuming.
Just another day at WDW . . . :facepalm:

I've seen similar incidents, sad to say. My guess is that the driver pulled into an empty space to let them on board, because he was probably concerned that they'd do something even more stupid, if he didn't. I'm sure the bus drivers have to second guess certain guests, multiple times a day. (I'd never want their job.)

It was further annoying when the woman flagged him down to get on, and then tells him to wait for the rest of her family to get there?! That one took the cake! :banghead:
 

lindawdw

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The stupidity and selfishness of some guests totally amaze me sometimes when we're on a trip at WDW. I've seen people do similar things although I don't remember a bus driver actually opening the door to let them on like this one did. Looks like another beautiful to enjoy Epcot!!!
 

k8einwdw

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A woman and her two small children (both under 7 years old) RAN into the travel lane....directly in front of another bus(!)....wanting to board our bus. With his hands, our driver shooed them back to the sidewalk without opening the door. The woman and her kids stood there perplexed for a moment before realizing our driver was telling them to MOVE.
I would not want to be a bus driver at WDW. And they made you wait for their family? People are so selfish!
 

Tuvalu

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I've seen people do similar things although I don't remember a bus driver actually opening the door to let them on like this one did.
Amazing the driver stopped for them.
The reason I became 😡.

My guess is that the driver pulled into an empty space to let them on board, because he was probably concerned that they'd do something even more stupid, if he didn't. I'm sure the bus drivers have to second guess certain guests, multiple times a day. (I'd never want their job.)
Good theory!

And they made you wait for their family? People are so selfish!
It was further annoying when the woman flagged him down to get on, and then tells him to wait for the rest of her family to get there?! That one took the cake! :banghead:
The reason I became 🤬!!!
 

Tuvalu

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Woody and I rope dropped Soarin’ because our Tier 1 FP was for another attraction. We didn’t have to stop in the standby queue until we reached the CM who directs you to either Concourse A, B, or C.

We were assigned Concourse C. Directly in front of us was a twenty-something male who seemed to be with two older women. He kept checking the time on his phone. I now have a new definition for the word

Narcissist ~ having a headshot of yourself as your screen saver

I really wish I was kidding.

Woody and I lucked out with Glider B, Row 1!

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A few minutes earlier I’d received a picture of a friend with the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background captioned, “Look where I am!”

I kept my phone in my hand and snapped this.....

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...and replied, “Me too!” :hilarious:

The Eiffel Tower may be blurry, but at least it’s straight!

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Tuvalu

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I’d forgotten how long the walk is from the theater exit in Concourse C back to the ride entrance. More steps for the FitBit, LOL!

Our FP window for The Farm Ride was open. @93boomer had told me about a Hidden Mickey she looks for once she boards the boat. This isn’t it, but I think it counts as one?

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Today we had a much sunnier cruise through the greenhouses!

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Stop the presses! The one shrimp is back!!

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Woody was first to notice these lights. At the time the holiday overlay hadn’t been announced yet.

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I suggested visiting Nemo before our next FP. Typically there is not much of a wait to ride.

25 minutes for Nemo? Big fat nope!
 

Tuvalu

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Woody wanted to take a few photos including a moving monorail. We hung out in the same spot for several minutes until he captured what he wanted.

Here’s one before....

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....and one after.

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Before we could make our way to Spaceship Earth I received notification that it was down and our FP had become a Multiple Experience pass. Since it was past 11 am, we decided to head to World Showcase for an early lunch and catch SSE on our way out of the park. (Spoiler Alert ~ SSE remained down all day. :arghh: )

Woody’s favorite pavilion to photograph is Canada, so we stopped there first so he could get his photo fix.

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Foreshadowing......

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krisri18

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Woody and I rope dropped Soarin’ because our Tier 1 FP was for another attraction. We didn’t have to stop in the standby queue until we reached the CM who directs you to either Concourse A, B, or C.

We were assigned Concourse C. Directly in front of us was a twenty-something male who seemed to be with two older women. He kept checking the time on his phone. I now have a new definition for the word

Narcissist ~ having a headshot of yourself as your screen saver

I really wish I was kidding.

Woody and I lucked out with Glider B, Row 1!

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A few minutes earlier I’d received a picture of a friend with the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background captioned, “Look where I am!”

I kept my phone in my hand and snapped this.....

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...and replied, “Me too!” :hilarious:

The Eiffel Tower may be blurry, but at least it’s straight!

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Yeah... I've got a coworker who has her screensaver and wallpaper on her phone BOTH set as photos of herself. Not to mention her wallpaper for her computer login...
 

Nunu

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The driver of the bus did wrong letting this irresponsible family board, chances are, they might try it again. Also, I don't like the message it sends to people who witnessed the incident. Some might try to do that themselves!

Woody saw my furrowed brow and squeezed my hand, an indication I needed to “let it go.” I tried to relax but inside I was fuming.
If I had a $1 for every time Frank has done this... I'd be a very rich woman by now! 💰😄
 
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Tuvalu

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Tuvalu! You have tapped into one of my pet peeves with your observation. I have two undergraduate work study students who do admin work for me.. BOTH of them have photos of themselves as their lock screens. Why? Does a mirror not suffice?!!

Yeah... I've got a coworker who has her screensaver and wallpaper on her phone BOTH set as photos of herself. Not to mention her wallpaper for her computer login...
This is frightening on so many levels! 🤣
 

Tuvalu

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Astute readers might have noticed the booklet in my hand in a previous post. This was the Food and Wine Festival guide. I was doing a once-over to affirm there wasn’t anything I’d regret not eating, if we chose to eat lunch at a restaurant rather than graze at the food booths.

However there was one item I’d regret not drinking, something that is only offered during Festivals. I decided I could pair that beverage with the QS food I’d been craving for a spectacular meal!

When we got to the kiosk it was closed!! :arghh: All the other booths we’d passed along the way were open. I was determined to wait, so we sat on a picnic bench with my eyes focused here:

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I saw a CM enter through that door and open the shutters, but when I went to the front to order it looked like this:

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The CM finally appeared and took her time wiping things down, messing with the taps, etc. Meanwhile I was drooling in anticipation of the nectar I’d been waiting so long to enjoy again.

@Tiggerish and @krisri18 know what it was......

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McKenzie’s Black Cherry Hard Cider. :hungry:
 

93boomer

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Woody wanted to take a few photos including a moving monorail. We hung out in the same spot for several minutes until he captured what he wanted.

Here’s one before....

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....and one after.

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Before we could make our way to Spaceship Earth I received notification that it was down and our FP had become a Multiple Experience pass. Since it was past 11 am, we decided to head to World Showcase for an early lunch and catch SSE on our way out of the park. (Spoiler Alert ~ SSE remained down all day. :arghh: )

Woody’s favorite pavilion to photograph is Canada, so we stopped there first so he could get his photo fix.

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Foreshadowing......

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That’s my favorite spot in Canada too. I take pictures every trip!!
 

krisri18

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Astute readers might have noticed the booklet in my hand in a previous post. This was the Food and Wine Festival guide. I was doing a once-over to affirm there wasn’t anything I’d regret not eating, if we chose to eat lunch at a restaurant rather than graze at the food booths.

However there was one item I’d regret not drinking, something that is only offered during Festivals. I decided I could pair that beverage with the QS food I’d been craving for a spectacular meal!

When we got to the kiosk it was closed!! :arghh: All the other booths we’d passed along the way were open. I was determined to wait, so we sat on a picnic bench with my eyes focused here:

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I saw a CM enter through that door and open the shutters, but when I went to the front to order it looked like this:

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The CM finally appeared and took her time wiping things down, messing with the taps, etc. Meanwhile I was drooling in anticipation of the nectar I’d been waiting so long to enjoy again.

@Tiggerish and @krisri18 know what it was......

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McKenzie’s Black Cherry Hard Cider. :hungry:
I'd have waited too!!
 
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