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Trip Report The Holiday Humdinger *COMPLETED*

wdwfamilynh

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Em and I beat Woody to our dinner destination.

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We could not check in until he arrived, which was a few minutes past our ADR time. We got paged immediately and were led to the same 3-top table we always get stuck with at ‘Ohana ~ awkwardly in the aisle, across from the kitchen. I hate this table but did not fuss since it was Em’s birthday.

Before our server even arrived we had our bread, salad and appetizers ~ not because our server was slow or delayed, but because a runner literally dumped our food on the table as we sat down. This pretty much set the tone for the meal...rush, rush, RUSH!

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What made it especially ironic was that it looked like geriatric servers night at ‘Ohana. We didn’t see anyone working who was under AARP-age. So when the first skewer arrived before our drinks I wanted to scream, “SLOW DOWN!”

Our server wasn’t overly friendly and was bothered that we did not want any shrimp. She kept forcing the meats on us, as if she feared we were going hungry. (No, we would like a moment to digest our food, thank you!) The food itself was fine, though the Polynesian Twilight Feast Woody and I had delivered to our room in August was better.

Our plates were cleared and Em was surprised by the second cupcake of the day.
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We did not sing this time.

Knowing Em doesn’t share cupcakes 😉, Woody and I dived into the bread pudding.

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Like @LisaBelle, I’m not in a rush to return to ‘Ohana. While we’ve had some good meals over the years, more often we’ve come away, meh. And ‘Ohana is much too expensive for meh.

We took the monorail to the MK and were happy to find a bus waiting to whisk us back to the Lodge.

For the last time from our balcony.....Holiday Wishes.
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Well, you (along with others whose TRs I’ve read in just the past few days) have solidified our decision to NOT book an ADR at O’hana later this year.
 

krisri18

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Maybe we've always lucked out, but we've had great dining experiences at Ohana the last 3 times we went. They're even great with my allergy, which I appreciate. Fingers crossed for next time @NessNewt !
 

93boomer

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Our server noticed Em’s shirt right away and asked why she wasn’t wearing a Birthday pin.

“I didn’t get one,” said Em.

When Em ordered her Mama’s Margarita, our server took note of Em’s name on her DL. When she brought us our bread, she handed Em the Birthday pin she’d personalized for her.

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The rolls at Mama Melrose’s are so yummy....soft, warm and chewy. Dipped in seasoned olive oil makes them even better!

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I always like to take pictures of menus so I can compare from year to year (or in some cases, month to month!:joyfull:)

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Birthday Girl feasted on Wood-Grilled Chicken and Penne Pasta. As always, a generous portion.

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Carnivore Woody selected Veggie Polenta (Polenta Cake, Mushroom and Herb Cauliflower.) It was delicious!

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After sampling both Woody and Em’s entreés, I had a little buyer’s remorse over my Margherita Flatbread.

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I enjoyed it, though it had too much fresh basil for my taste and the tomatoes lacked flavor.

When we’d finished, our server surprised Em yet again with a Birthday cupcake.

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And yes, we sang to her!

It was a special “meatball” cupcake!
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It must have been a great-tasting cupcake because Em ate it all!

Birthday lunch was a success.....and she didn’t even miss PizzeRizzo. (Okay, maybe not this trip ~ but she will the next!)
Oh that is the cutest cupcake! I haven’t seen it before.
 

93boomer

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We strolled through the park so that Em could view/photograph the holiday decorations.

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And....
This would be my “artsy” contribution.

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(Don’t ask me how...)

We were detained by some serious soldiers.

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Love that picture of you and Woody!!
 

Tuvalu

Premium Member
Original Poster
eh hem.... I think you mean Blackie!
Tomato, tomahto....:joyfull:
Well, you (along with others whose TRs I’ve read in just the past few days) have solidified our decision to NOT book an ADR at O’hana later this year.
Likely a good choice.
Maybe we've always lucked out, but we've had great dining experiences at Ohana the last 3 times we went. They're even great with my allergy, which I appreciate. Fingers crossed for next time @NessNewt !
Glad to know you’ve been pleased!
Oh that is the cutest cupcake! I haven’t seen it before.
I think it’s a dessert on the children’s menu.
 

fractal

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Jock Reasoning

New Member
Friday, con’t

But the “fun” didn’t stop. Standing in the aisle was mom, dad and 4-year-old Elliott who has likely never been told No. Ever. Elliott was not restrained by either of his parents and kept bumping into us, stepping on our feet and at one point sat down on Woody’s feet and proceeded to hit him in the leg ~ all the while whining at a volume passengers in the back of the bus could hear.

We said nothing, but at one point I glanced at mom who then loudly remarked, “Well if he had a seat he wouldn’t be bothering you.”

Honey, something tells me Elliott would still be bothering people even if he had a seat.

Thankfully WL was the first stop. As I stood up to leave, mom again insinuated that Elliott’s behavior was our fault: “I was taught that a man should always give up his seat.”

I looked her firmly in the eyes and said, “Well if he wasn’t a grandfather suffering with chronic back pain he WOULD have.”

There might have been steam coming from my ears when I rejoined Woody and Em.
I find that people are the best and worst part of every Disney vacation.
 

Songbird76

Well-Known Member
That would be my reaction if I rode it. I don’t like inversions.



Why, why, why would someone do that? There’s a difference between walking barefoot in your own yard and barefoot at Disney.
It just doesn't seem SAFE at Disney. Well...I can't stand to go barefoot anywhere. I step out of the shower into my slippers so my feet don't have to touch the floor. But at Disney, where there are thousands of people walking and anyone of them could step on your bare feet with who knows what kind of shoes? Not to mention the temperature of the walkways, no matter what season. It's probably going to be burn your feet hot, or your feet will freeze.
 

krisri18

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It just doesn't seem SAFE at Disney. Well...I can't stand to go barefoot anywhere. I step out of the shower into my slippers so my feet don't have to touch the floor. But at Disney, where there are thousands of people walking and anyone of them could step on your bare feet with who knows what kind of shoes? Not to mention the temperature of the walkways, no matter what season. It's probably going to be burn your feet hot, or your feet will freeze.
My first thought was GERMS!
 

MinnieM123

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Count me in as a former macaroni artists!
Ha! Me, too!!! :hilarious: I had nuns for grade school teachers. I remember one art project they gave us was to glue a holy prayer card in the middle of a piece of colored, construction paper. Then we'd use macaroni shells and glue in a circle around the holy card.

After that, we'd paint the shells in a complimentary color, to the color on the construction paper. Then the nun punched a hole in the top of the paper and put a string through it, so that we could hang up our macaroni masterpieces on the wall. :joyfull:
 

Tuvalu

Premium Member
Original Poster
I find that people are the best and worst part of every Disney vacation.
No argument here!
It just doesn't seem SAFE at Disney.
My first thought was GERMS!
Yup, :hungover:
Ha! Me, too!!! :hilarious: I had nuns for grade school teachers. I remember one art project they gave us was to glue a holy prayer card in the middle of a piece of colored, construction paper. Then we'd use macaroni shells and glue in a circle around the holy card.

After that, we'd paint the shells in a complimentary color, to the color on the construction paper. Then the nun punched a hole in the top of the paper and put a string through it, so that we could hang up our macaroni masterpieces on the wall. :joyfull:
“Macaroni Minnie” 😂
 

Tuvalu

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Original Poster
Em is off for MLK day and we decided to hit the outlet mall.

We were surprised to see that the holiday decorations had not been taken down.
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Then we noticed this sign:
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Elf City Productions? That sounds fake, doesn’t it?

Turns out no, not fake. We had stumbled upon a live movie set for Noelle, a Disney release starring Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader. We watched as a couple of short clips were filmed.

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Not every day you see someone carrying reindeer!

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Em guesses that the “blue” reindeer will be CGI.

Someone asked a crew member if Anna or Bill was here. It was a definite no for Bill, but “Anna may be around somewhere.”

Em (who is a big Anna Kendrick fan) and I then had an unsuccessful recon mission to find her. :joyfull:
 

DisneyGigi

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Em is off for MLK day and we decided to hit the outlet mall.

We were surprised to see that the holiday decorations had not been taken down.
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Then we noticed this sign:
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Elf City Productions? That sounds fake, doesn’t it?

Turns out no, not fake. We had stumbled upon a live movie set for Noelle, a Disney release starring Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader. We watched as a couple of short clips were filmed.

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Not every day you see someone carrying reindeer!

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Em guesses that the “blue” reindeer will be CGI.

Someone asked a crew member if Anna or Bill was here. It was a definite no for Bill, but “Anna may be around somewhere.”

Em (who is a big Anna Kendrick fan) and I then had an unsuccessful recon mission to find her. :joyfull:
Oh man, my son would have flipped, he has had a crush on her since his teen years and Twilight. 😂
 

Tuvalu

Premium Member
Original Poster
Monday, December 3

We all woke up a little sad this morning because it was our last day. There was also rain in the forecast but we were determined not to let it put a damper on things.

Before going to get breakfast I stepped outside and enjoyed a few minutes of quiet solitude.

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Loved this light pole!
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Woody and I picked up muffins which we ate in the room. Then we gathered our stuff and checked in for our flight home and stowed our carry-ons.

We were at the bus stop by 8:20 am.

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93boomer

Well-Known Member
Em is off for MLK day and we decided to hit the outlet mall.

We were surprised to see that the holiday decorations had not been taken down.
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Then we noticed this sign:
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Elf City Productions? That sounds fake, doesn’t it?

Turns out no, not fake. We had stumbled upon a live movie set for Noelle, a Disney release starring Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader. We watched as a couple of short clips were filmed.

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Not every day you see someone carrying reindeer!

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Em guesses that the “blue” reindeer will be CGI.

Someone asked a crew member if Anna or Bill was here. It was a definite no for Bill, but “Anna may be around somewhere.”

Em (who is a big Anna Kendrick fan) and I then had an unsuccessful recon mission to find her. :joyfull:
So cool to see reindeer!
 

Tuvalu

Premium Member
Original Poster
The MK bus arrived immediately and we climbed aboard. It’s only a five minute ride to the park so we figured we would have plenty of time to wander Main Street before opening.

We did not factor in a 20 minute wait to get through security. 😡

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Once inside, our “wander” became more of a “purposeful walk.” I was curious as to the identity of this new Citizen of Main Street (talking to the fire chief) but did not stop to inquire. Anyone know?

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The park officially opened when we reached the hub.

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Due to the unpredictability of the weather, I altered our touring plan for the morning. We had afternoon fastpasses for Big Thunder Mountain and Jingle Cruise, both of which could be impacted by rain. Rope dropping them seemed safer.

BTMRR was my #1 priority. Y’all may recall a little friendly competition between me and @Longers ~ how many rides each of us could accumulate in one year. Now from the start @Longers was at a huge disadvantage, as she lives in the U.K. and only went to WDW twice last year. Still she managed an impressive “Lucky 13”! I had six trips in 2018 and had attained 17 rides by the end of summer. Going into this trip I did not know @Longers final tally, but honestly it did not matter as I was not in it to “win” but to create a memory for myself. I figured 20 rides in one year would be easy to remember so I set that as my goal.

On the night of MVMCP I got in rides #18 and #19.

For my final ride of the year I was sprinkled with pixie dust ~ got assigned the last row without asking for the back.

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I thought of @Longers that entire wild ride, wishing she was beside me. (Someday.....)

Em marked the end of the momentous ride with her hands.
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I don’t know how many times I’ll ride BTMRR in 2019 and I don’t plan on keeping track. But I won’t forget my 20 “virtual” rides with my sweet U.K. friend. 😊
 

Tuvalu

Premium Member
Original Poster
We entered the short standby line for Jingle Cruise and waited.
And waited.
And waited.
Without moving a single step forward!
There seemed to be an issue with the boats....in that there weren’t any. We’d already waited longer than I wanted, but now there was a long line of people behind us and there was no way out. When two boats finally arrived and the line moved forward, we were able to exit via an empty queue. It seemed silly to wait when we still had a FP for later.

Pirates standby was posted at 5 minutes so we ducked in.

We might have changed course had we known what was in store.
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See the family behind us? Specifically the dad cradling the little boy?

This hyper-concerned father narrated the ENTIRE ride:
“Don’t worry, this isn’t real.”
“Those people are fake.”
“They are pretend.”
“See, they are mechanical.”
“They move like that because they are machines.”
On and on and on! I suppose he was “explaining” everything to assuage any “fears” the little boy might have. The little boy never said a word, though to be fair his dad NEVER. STOPPED. TALKING.

Woody, Em and I were ready to mutiny.....and throw dad overboard.

Instead, they took out their aggression in the gift store.
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Where we went next was just beyond the Liberty Belle.
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krause

Well-Known Member
This hyper-concerned father narrated the ENTIRE ride:
“Don’t worry, this isn’t real.”
“Those people are fake.”
“They are pretend.”
“See, they are mechanical.”
“They move like that because they are machines.”
On and on and on! I suppose he was “explaining” everything to assuage any “fears” the little boy might have. The little boy never said a word, though to be fair his dad NEVER. STOPPED. TALKING.
Bru. Tal. :banghead: I can see prepping the kid in line that everything is just pretend, but unless the kid is freaking out on the ride just let them experience it! Of course I have a 3 year old whose favourite part of Beauty and the Beast is the wolves so maybe my parenting style of “just let them watch it and see what happens” isn’t best either :joyfull:
 

MinnieM123

Well-Known Member
See the family behind us? Specifically the dad cradling the little boy?

This hyper-concerned father narrated the ENTIRE ride:
“Don’t worry, this isn’t real.”
“Those people are fake.”
“They are pretend.”
“See, they are mechanical.”
“They move like that because they are machines.”
On and on and on! I suppose he was “explaining” everything to assuage any “fears” the little boy might have. The little boy never said a word, though to be fair his dad NEVER. STOPPED. TALKING.
Dang. Too bad they were on the updated version of Pirates. I would have loved to hear how the father would have explained (in the original version), "We wants the redhead!" to the little kid! :hilarious:
 

Songbird76

Well-Known Member
Em is off for MLK day and we decided to hit the outlet mall.

We were surprised to see that the holiday decorations had not been taken down.
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Then we noticed this sign:
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Elf City Productions? That sounds fake, doesn’t it?

Turns out no, not fake. We had stumbled upon a live movie set for Noelle, a Disney release starring Anna Kendrick and Bill Hader. We watched as a couple of short clips were filmed.

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Not every day you see someone carrying reindeer!

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Em guesses that the “blue” reindeer will be CGI.

Someone asked a crew member if Anna or Bill was here. It was a definite no for Bill, but “Anna may be around somewhere.”

Em (who is a big Anna Kendrick fan) and I then had an unsuccessful recon mission to find her. :joyfull:
I LOVE Anna Kendrick!! I'm so sad you didn't find her! But, wow what a long filming process. There are youtube clips posted back in Nov. 2017!
 
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