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

LisaBelle

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Tina was the only one who'd seen Avatar. We meant to watch it before we left home but never got around to it. Tina gave us a quick synopsis so we'd know what we were looking at. I thought Pandora was beautiful.





Then it was time for FoP! I didn't get a picture, but the standby time was over 2 hours.

Tina can get a bit claustrophobic so she was a bit nervous about the ride. Tina told the CM she was apprehensive and the CM loaded everyone as quickly as possible. All I can say is WOW! FOP is incredible. I have never experienced anything like it. I was grateful for the FP+, but I think it is one attraction I would actually wait over an hour to experience.
We still had some time until our dinner ADR, but we were hungry so after looking around the FOP shop we were ready for a snack. Luckily we exited right by Pongu Pongu! I was super excited to try everything! We bought several things so that everyone could sample all of the treats.
Allie had the first bite of the pretzel and cheese.

Several of us got the Night Blossom. Some alcoholic and some not.

I don't have a picture, but we also got 2 of the Pongu Lumpia pineapple cream cheese spring rolls.
OMG everything we ate was delicious! I loved the Night Blossom. I think the Pongu Lumpia were my favorite. After we got home I found a recipe for them and we gave it a try. The homemade version was almost as good as the ones from the park.


Up Next. More Pandora!
 

LisaBelle

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We still had some time before our dinner ADR so we decided to check out the Tree of Life and It's Tough to be a Bug.
I am always in awe of the skill and creativity it took to carve all the animals into the Tree of Life.
















I know that It's Tough to be a Bug gets a lot of hate. I HATE bugs, so I can't believe that I like this show, but I do get a kick out of it. Luckily my kids were never terrified of it. We hadn't done this in a few years, so both Adam and Allie had forgotten some of the parts and were surprised by some of the effects.



We look pretty good with bug eyes!





Up next: Dinner at a new to us place!
 

LisaBelle

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We arrived at Tusker House for our character meal. We'd never eaten here before, but were excited to try it. We were doing the ROL dinner package. None of us had seen ROL, but we didn't want to stand in line for a long time in order to get a seat.

We checked in and had to wait for a few minutes. Paul and Adam checked out the bar. I took a picture of the beer selection, but I didn't write down what the boys got and they do not remember. I love Schofferhofer, but I wasn't feeling great with the heat, so I passed.







Cheers!


We were seated and before long Mickey came to visit!







We all met Mickey, but everyone was taking pictures and I didn't end up with pics of everyone with the Main Mouse.

Donald was next.







Up next: More characters!
 

LisaBelle

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Donald was funny, but I have no idea what we said to him.





Next was Goofy. I told Goofy that he was Paul's favorite and he was very happy to hear it!



Best buddies!





Goofy was upset that I was wearing Mickey ears, so he tried to take them off of me!



I told Goofy that I loved him even though I was wearing Mickey ears. We made up!



Friends again!


Then Daisy stopped by.





Up next: A few more character pictures.
 

LisaBelle

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Daisy was sweet!







I didn't take any pictures of the main course, but several of us loved the salmon. Here are some pictures of the food at the buffet area and someone's dessert plate.











Allie couldn't finish her cookies, so she wrapped them up and put them in her bag for later. She remembered my story of @Tuvalu and the purse grapes so she deemed these "purse cookies".

 

LisaBelle

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After dinner we relaxed for a few minutes before heading toward ROL.



I'm not sure if we had a FP+ for Everest, but we realized we had enough time for a ride before we had to be at ROL. Now that I think about it, Everest may have been down during our earlier FP+ time and we were finally able to use it. Anywho, Tina, Allie and Paul were a bit too full from dinner and decided not to ride. They went over to ROL to get seats while Adam, Spence and I rode EE. I was seated in the front row with someone from the single rider line. Front row on EE was a first for me. I hate heights, so when we stopped at the broken tracks we were a bit too close to the edge of the mountain for my liking :eek:. It was fun but I don't feel a need to be in the front again any time soon!



It was getting dark and EE looked especially photogenic in that light.



Then Adam, Spence and I headed over to meet Tina, Paul and Allie for ROL. This was the first time seeing ROL for all of us.
The lights dimmed, the music and narration began.









The boats were floating along and then there was either a near miss or an actual collision (I was looking at a different part of the water from where it happened) and the lights came up and all the boats retreated! An announcement was made about the show experiencing technical difficulties. We sat for about 5 minutes and the show began again!





We enjoyed the show and we were glad that we saw it, but it will not be a must do every trip.
 

LisaBelle

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After the show we were headed to the front of the park with the masses. It was wall to wall people! No one liked being in the midst of the sea of humanity so we bailed off to the side. We noticed that there was a spot with a great view of the Tree of Life and the Tree of Life Awakening show was playing. We stood for quite some time watching the different versions of the show. The crowd was thinning out so we moved to one or two other vantage points of the TOL on our way out.



Someone noticed this hidden Mickey at some point during the evening.



And with that we headed out of AK for the night.

We dropped the kids at the Contemporary and then Paul and I dropped the van off at the Toyota dealership so that the a/c could be repaired. Tina followed us in her car so we could get back to the hotel. We had to talk to a security guard who escorted us to the after hours drop off area for the service department. With that task accomplished we headed back to the Contemporary.

As you may remember, on arrival day my GPS took us onto Disney property in some strange way that bypassed the beloved Disney sign. On our way back to the resort from the car dealership we finally got to see the sign!



I was happy that Paul, Tina and I got to see it, but felt bad that the rest of the crew missed it.

We arrived back at the Contemporary, filled up our mugs and headed for bed.

Up next: Golf and Epcot
 

LisaBelle

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Day 5 Tuesday, July 17

Adam and Spence planned to play golf this morning, so Tina and I got up with them to make sure everything went smoothly. I knew from reading other TRs that the boys could get free transportation to the Disney golf courses. Once the boys were dressed we headed down to the front of the Contemporary so the boys could take a taxi to the course.
Our dad LOVED to play golf. He taught both Adam and Spence how to play, so Tina and I couldn't help but think how proud he would be to see them heading off to the golf course together 😢.







Once the boys were off to the Oak Trail golf course, Tina and I headed back to the room to get ready for the day. Originally we planned to sleep in while Adam and Spence played 9 holes and then we would all head to Epcot. The night before Allie, Tina and I decided we wanted to get more park time in so we decided to head to the park as soon as we were ready and then the boys would meet us at Epcot in the afternoon.

Once Allie, Tina and I were ready we headed to the monorail. We took a few pics of the mural on the way.










Security before boarding the monorail.



We took a selfie while we waited for the monorail.


We were super excited for some girls only park time. As we waited on the monorail, Tina asked Allie what someone of her generation would call a group of girls. Allie said that we would be called biddies. We decided to call ourselves the "Tres Biddies". We boarded the monorail and "Tres Biddies Hours" at Epcot began.
 

slipperalwaysfits

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AAAAAAAAAwwwwwwwww...Biddies Hours! I hope it was great! ;)

I LOOOOOOVVVVVVVVEEEEEE Everest, but the front is freaky with the lift hill climb and stopping at the top of the tracks! I'm glad you guys were able to squeeze in another ride before ROL. We love ROL, too but it's not my favorite show.

Pandora is amazing! PERFECT fastpass!

Sweet you had two WDW meetups in two days!

Hope the boys had fun at Oak Trail....that's a sweet story that the grandfather taught them how to play! What a great legacy!
 

LisaBelle

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AAAAAAAAAwwwwwwwww...Biddies Hours! I hope it was great! ;)

I LOOOOOOVVVVVVVVEEEEEE Everest, but the front is freaky with the lift hill climb and stopping at the top of the tracks! I'm glad you guys were able to squeeze in another ride before ROL. We love ROL, too but it's not my favorite show.

Pandora is amazing! PERFECT fastpass!

Sweet you had two WDW meetups in two days!

Hope the boys had fun at Oak Trail....that's a sweet story that the grandfather taught them how to play! What a great legacy!
Biddies hour’s was a blast. Hopefully I will have time to get that post up tomorrow.
We LOVED FoP! It was amazing! We enjoyed Pandora!
The magic meet ups are some of my favorite memories from the trip. I couldn’t believe how lucky I was!
The boys did enjoy their golf game. I love that my dad passed on his love of golf. It’s great for the boys to share that connection.
 

LisaBelle

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Day 5 Continued
We arrived at Epcot and decided to commemorate our visit with a few Photopass pictures.





Tink wanted to join us!


We noticed that Daisy was out so we went to visit her.



We didn't really have a plan. Our Fastpasses were scheduled for later so we were mainly hoping to shop and maybe try a few new things.

After our visit with Daisy we ran into these guys. We'd never seen the Muppet Lab, so we enjoyed our first experience with them. Beaker is my husband's favorite Muppet character. I was a little bummed that he missed them, but I sent him a picture.





It was hot and we'd never tried the pop in Club Cool so we headed there next.



Tina was the first to grab a cup. Allie and I watched in astonishment as she reached for the Beverly. We glanced at one another, didn't she know? We were giddy with anticipation but didn't want to give it away. I got my camera ready. Would she like it or hate it?





I think the pictures speak for themselves :hilarious:. I hate to admit it, but I knew those images were trip report gold! Sorry to laugh at your misery @TangledTina !
 

LisaBelle

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Day 5 Continued
Allie and I couldn't let Tina be miserable alone, so we joined her in sampling Beverly. No photographic evidence, but we didn't like it either! We enjoyed trying all the different flavors. I didn't take notes, but I think I liked Melon Frosty the best.



While we were looking around one of the Cast Members noticed the "I'm Celebrating" button on Allie's backpack. He offered her a free Icee to help her celebrate. It was a great little surprise and another example of Disney magic creating happiness.



I love how the circles on the wall make it look like Allie is wearing mouse ears!

From there we headed to Mouse Gear. Mouse Gear may be my favorite shop in all of Disney. As we entered I remarked that walking into Mouse Gear was like boarding my mother ship!



We spent quite awhile looking around the shop. Tina hadn't bought any ears yet, so she tried these. Cute, but she didn't buy them.


I loved these plush Disney snacks. I was really tempted to buy one, but had to admit that I had no idea what I'd do with it once I got it home. I sadly left them behind.




I did have a use for this mug, so I bought that. I love it!



I also bought these magnetic clips. They are hanging in my classroom right now. They make me so happy when I hang up papers.



We were getting ready to head out of Mouse Gear when we discovered that it was raining. We decided to shop a bit longer to see if the rain would stop. After 10 minutes it had slowed down enough for us to venture out for our next attraction.

Up next: The vegetable boat ride
 

slipperalwaysfits

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Aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhh the Beverly....at least you all tried it together! Solidarity Biddies! Mousegear, it really is a great store! I tend to drop more money around World Showcase and I think if I have one store where I've done the most damage over the years, it's either the Japan Pavilion or the Art of Disney!
 

TangledTina

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You got away with one here
No picture taking is allowed in security check area
They made it extremely clear to me when I was trying to get a stitch pic in a bag check area

Max
The main reason we took this one, was because my son loves the show The Office. One of us noticed Fran was from Scranton, where the show takes place, so I took this to show him. No spying going on here!
 
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