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Trip Report It's a trap! (LIVE-ish)

Back!Elbow!Shoulders!

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Part Two Day 4 evening:

Eventually we went back to Epcot. Rode Spaceship Earth, checked out Club Cool and went in the butterfly tent.

Next we started around World Showcase counter-clockwise.

First up: Shared a Violet Lemonade.
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Next I tried a seared scallop dish near Canada. All mine as no one else likes scallops. It was just ok. Really saucy. Scallops didn’t have any flavor on their own.

Next I got a milk stout between France and Morocco. The beer was good. The cashier not so much. I couldn’t quite figure out if he was just a bit socially awkward but trying for guest interaction or being a bit creepy with me.

Next we split a Harissa Chicken Kebab. The couscous that came with it was super good.

I’m real glad I had that beer. Bro and I are very similar Disney travelers. We have come to realize that the rest of the group does everything that we hate.

They stop randomly instead of going over to the side. They get irritated when someone cuts them off walking but do it to others.

We are sorry.

World Showcase at night it usually my favorite but not with this group. Yay for beer.

Mom spent a lot of time looking at food booths and talking about all of the things she had pinned/planned to try and not getting any of them.

Dad frantically looked for Photopass photographers despite nephew and mom refusing to do it.

Nephew and bro struggled to find food as they are both picky eaters.

It was past 8 at this point. Decided to split up. Parents and nephew went to Italy. They split a food booth pizza and zeppoles. Nephew loved the zeppoles.

Bro and I went to China. He ate at the quick service. I got a Tipsy Ducks in Love.

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The CM seemed very generous with the whisky. That is my kind of pixie dust. 😍🥃

We left as Illuminations was starting. Nephew isn’t super fond of loud noises and we were happy to beat the post-show bus crowds. We even got nephew to do a photopass pic on the way out. Dad was thrilled.

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Everyone stated they had a nice day.

Part Two Day 4 Wrap Up:

Hamburgers
: 0
Drinks: 2
Steps: 22,095
 
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Back!Elbow!Shoulders!

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Part Two Day 5 Morning:

Up early for a special event.

Mom and I lyfted (is that the right verb for it?) to Disney Springs as it was early and we didn’t want to chance it with bus times.

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We did a cake decorating cake at Amorette’s. The class was excellent. It was about 90ish minutes long. Our head teacher Misha was great (as was the rest of the staff)

Right away we were offered coffee/tea/juices/bellinis or mimosas.

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I choose a mimosa. I believe they were blood orange. Yum. (They also refilled the mimosa at some point.) And I also got some coffee to even out the drinks.

The class was well organized. I won’t bore you with the details but:

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They boxed it nicely for transport and gave us a set of macarons and a fancy cookie too.

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A POP bus was just pulling away as we got to the bus stop. Jumped on the AoA bus instead so our cake wouldn’t melt.

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Back!Elbow!Shoulders!

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Part Two Day 5 Midday/Evening:

Lunch at POP. Dad and nephew were finishing their morning swim. Bro was coming back from his solo morning at AK

Tried the Mahi Sandwich.

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Surprisingly good. Despite the worsening clouds they insisted we eat outside near the pool. Unsurprisingly we got rained on. A lot.

Drying and napping in the rooms. Then headed out to HS.

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(Had to bust out these today.)

It was our longest wait for a bus ride. Saw multiple buses for each of the other parks before a HS bus came.

It was about 3:45 as our bus arrived and we realized that our FP for SDD was for between 3-4 not 4-5. Yikes. 😬

Somehow we made it to HS and back to SDD by like 4:13. Got a green Mickey. All was good.

The guys and myself liked the ride. Mom might have called out to Jesus at a couple of points. 😂 We had assumed that if she could ride BTMR that she would be fine with SDD. Not so much.

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Wheezy was sleeping on the job. You could hear him but no movement.

ToT was next. Mom was out. She was already feeling sick from SDD and ToT would certainly not help.

My dad had been really building it up for nephew. For like months. Nephew was really hesitant but dad just kept badgering him about how much he would love it.

The more responsible adults knew better. As soon as the show part started he declared he wasn’t going to ride. Dad was still trying to convince him. I asked the nearest CM how we could leave. Unfortunately our exit was in the loading area.

So I had to convince a freaked out kid that even though we were going towards the terrifying elevator he was not going to ride it. While my dad and a guy in front of us were still trying to tell him he would love it. (The stranger was being really sweet about it though)

We made to the load and exited as my dad and bro continued on. Ironically to chicken out you have to ride an elevator.

I kept reassuring him that it was ok that he didn’t ride and that I was proud that he spoke up. We found my mom outside to wait for the others. (I was offered a rider swap but declined)
 
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Tuvalu

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I rode in the chicken exit elevator once with a 7 year old boy and his dad.

The boy seemed downhearted that he wasn’t “brave enough” to go on the attraction.

The CM picked right up on the boy’s sadness and asked for his name. “Well, <name>, when you get back home I want you to tell your friends that you got to ride in the REAL elevator at the Tower of Terror! And only special kids are allowed to do that!”

The boy beamed.

Too bad your nephew didn’t encounter a CM like that.
 

Back!Elbow!Shoulders!

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I rode in the chicken exit elevator once with a 7 year old boy and his dad.

The boy seemed downhearted that he wasn’t “brave enough” to go on the attraction.

The CM picked right up on the boy’s sadness and asked for his name. “Well, <name>, when you get back home I want you to tell your friends that you got to ride in the REAL elevator at the Tower of Terror! And only special kids are allowed to do that!”

The boy beamed.

Too bad your nephew didn’t encounter a CM like that.
That’s a cute story. Our CM was really sweet though. She did tell him that this elevator was the nicest in the park and her favorite.
 

Back!Elbow!Shoulders!

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Opps lost a draft post. Let’s try this again.

Part Two Day 5 Evening:

We regrouped near the exit to ToT and mom declared that she still wasn’t feeling well post-SDD (🤢) and wanted to go back to the hotel to nap.

She figured she could sleep it off in the AC and come back later for the Star Wars light show. (This show was the only real request that bro and I had made this trip)

As we walked her to the front of the park dad wanted to take a photopass photo. 🤦🏻‍♀️ My mom more politely declined than I assumed she would in her condition.

Dad went back to hotel with mom. Bro and I said we take nephew.

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Rode Star Tours next. We went to Jakku and Crait and then “landed” in the Black Spire Outpost.

Had dinner at the Dockside Diner before the next Indy show started. Nephew had recently seen Raiders and loved it. He also loved this show. “Aunt BES. This is when the guy gets chopped up by the plane! How are they going to do that!??”

He correctly answered his own question of it being a trap door. I decided we should stick around long enough to see the actor emerge from said trap door. I didn’t want to get blamed for any nightmares. 😂

Next we did TSM. The posted wait was 35min but it ended up being over an hour. I managed to beat my brother by just a little bit.

Nephew was very tired and ready to leave. He’s not a big fan of loud noises so he wasn’t up for the SW show.

As we left nephew convinced us to buy him an Ironman bubble light up fist thing.

We had been texting/calling our parents all evening without any response. It looked like there would be no hand off of nephew and at this point we couldn't drop him off and make it back in time.

Just as we pulled up to POP our phones blew up. Mom had napped a lot longer than intended and didn’t hear her alerts (but was now feeling better). Dad had his phone on airplane mode* and didn’t get our text/calls. 🤦🏻‍♀️

(*both of my parents are infamous for inappropriate use of airplane mode.)

My mom genuinely felt bad about us missing the show. We assured her it was ok.

Spent the rest of the evening chatting with bro and watching trashy tv.

Nephew declared it was a great day. Yay.

Part Two Day 5 Wrap Up:

Hamburgers
: 0
Drinks: 2
Steps: 18,878
 
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Back!Elbow!Shoulders!

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Part Two Day 6 morning:

Another super slow morning. Didn’t get to Epcot until maybe 10:30.

Rode SE again for nephew. His picture didn’t show up on our first ride so he wanted to ride it again. Much to his disappointment no ones’s picture appeared this ride. All adults stood firm that we were tapped out on SE rides this trip.

Next we split these croissant donuts near TT:

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Next my family tried some sort of garlic corn and I got this:

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It tasted as good as it looked.

Dad got something from the festival booth near Mexico. I tried a bit and though it was just ok.

We did Gran Fiesta Tour and FEA. They didn’t get rave reviews from my fam although my bro was impressed by the FEA animatronics.
 
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Back!Elbow!Shoulders!

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Part Two Day 6 Midday:

I had some wontons at the China Festival booth. Nephew got more zeppoles in Italy.

Bro went to Japan for lunch by himself. I think he did Katsura Grill.

Dad and I had stuff from the BBQ booth in America.

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I had the burnt ends and pork slider. Very good. There was extra business on top that I ate before the pic.

Also got myself the Festival beer at Fife and Drum. It’s a MI-made beer called Soft Parade. It’s a wonderful summer beer. I highly recommend it.

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Seriously I usually only like dark beers but this is one of my favs. 😍 I’m glad that I am able to get it at home too (and for non-Disney prices).

We managed to go almost halfway around WS before we had our next snacks. The others had lobster. I had tuna tataki.

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Nephew tried some pb & j mousse tart. He didn’t care for it but we did.

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I ended up buying a margarita for my mom. (I told her I owed her one for her arrival flights dealing with my dad.)

Bro and I stopped by Starbucks and got drinks and this:

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On the way out we humored dad with a photopass photo. Nephew was not happy. He scowled in every shot but the rest of us looked nice. 😂

The photographer was super excited about my porg ears and SW. Before and after the pics she chatted about SW with/at me. (Much to the chagrin of those behind us.)

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Back!Elbow!Shoulders!

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We have a LOT of beers breweries here in Michigan... Short's makes Soft Parade. We aren't called Beer City for nothin here in Grand Rapids!
Sometimes I forget how good I have it in MI until I go out of state. We really are luck with of plethora of good beer.

Short’s is a maybe like an hour drive from Traverse City. The brewery had a really nice vibe and the food was good too. It’s a fun afternoon excursion if you’re ever in that area.
 

Rista1313

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Sometimes I forget how good I have it in MI until I go out of state. We really are luck with of plethora of good beer.

Short’s is a maybe like an hour drive from Traverse City. The brewery had a really nice vibe and the food was good too. It’s a fun afternoon excursion if you’re ever in that area.
I don't think I knew you were from TVC!
 

Back!Elbow!Shoulders!

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Part 2 Day 6 evening:

This evening there was nothing particular on the agenda. MK had late hours so I figured we might head back there.

Nephew wanted to swim while he was getting ready Mom had an alternate suggestion.

She still felt bad about us missing the SW show and tonight and since tonight was open she said that bro and I should head back to HS by ourselves.

So back to HS it was. We looked in Launch Bay first. We were both eyeing the jackets but couldn’t justify the prices.

Then to Tatooine Traders and since we were already there rode ST again. Exact same locations. 🤔Jakku, Crait and Black Spire Outpost.

I would have liked at least one classic trilogy location but heck- I’m not too upset about Poe showing up on two Star Tours. *swoon*

Next we did TSM again. And I beat my bro. Again. 😎

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We had dinner at Woody’s Lunchbox. I had a turkey sandwich that was just. Bro had the totchos. He said it was the best thing he ate all week.
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Looked around TSL a bit. I like it a lot better at night.

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It was about 10 min til official close.
We then booked it over to RnRC. It was a walk on. We didn’t even have to suffer thru the preshow. 😂

Got to see most of the Wonderful World of Animation show. Had a pretty great spot for just showing up as it was starting.

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We both liked the show a lot. Given our age difference we have both seen a different mix of Disney movies so it was fun to compare/ recommend.

Next up was SW: Galactic Spectacular. It started out a little less cool than the animation show but once it got going it was awesome. Glad we came back to see it.

Part Two Day 6 Summary:

Hamburgers
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Drinks: 1
Steps: 23,108

Bonus pic of my odd sunburn. My only burn of the trip. (Excuse my gross-ness of my feet but be reminded that this was day 9 of theme parking total.)

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