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Trip Report The Tuvalu Chronicles ~ Chapter 25 *PART TU*

Ugh! I had hoped you had good things to say about the stage show. Hate that it was a disappointment for your family, especially since you were looking forward to it.

I suspect those long waits at Space, Pirates, 7DMT and BTMRR were due to understaffing and underutilization of rockets, trains and boats (not running the attractions at capacity.) For me, “little to no waiting” means 10 minutes or less. Period. The few number of people in the park during the party did not warrant 25-35 minute waits anywhere.
Even with the few disappointments, we had a great time! Always fun to play in the magic kingdom at night when it isn't as crowded! And free Mickey bars!!!
 

riverside

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I don’t want you to be shamed alone @Tuvalu. I’ll admit I’ve never had a Mickey Bar or a citrus swirl yet either.
I'll admit I'm a member of this club also!!
I think there needs to be an hour between park closing and an After Hours Event, like is done with MNSSHP. That way all the day guests get cycled through the attractions and the After Hours perk of "short waits" begins IMMEDIATELY when the party starts.
I couldn't agree more.
I am not a big ice cream fan except Dole Whips. And everybody thinks I am crazy, I know it is weird!
I'm right there with you!!
 

Tuvalu

Premium Member
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Thursday, con’t

OK, time to finish up this day....although by now it was after midnight, so technically it was Friday. And Em said that “counted” as another MK visit. Then she added that since we had two visits on Thursday (one during the day and one at night for the party) the morning visit could sub for our no-visit Wednesday. Basically she was trying to make sure we had as many visits to the MK (5) as we had vacation days (5).

I present to you Em Logic:

Tuesday ~ Drive by MK on monorail (1)
Wednesday ~ Credit for Thursday morning MK (2)
Thursday ~ DAHV (3)
Friday ~ DAHV (4)
Saturday ~ MK (5)

🤷🏻‍♀️🤣

The lighting on Main Street was festive. Gives a whole new meaning to red light district!

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My mind wanted to stay until the party ended. My body was crying, “Noooo....” How I again wished I’d been able to nap earlier! I was willing to try Pirates for Em’s sake, but she reminded me that meant more walking, more waiting, more people to contend with at closing time and an even later bedtime.

Her logic may be questionable, but her reasoning was straight on!!! :joyfull:

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Listening to the queen and the stepsisters quibble made for a fun “Goodbye.” Although the number of CMs guarding the train station seemed a bit excessive. Did they fear a horde of crazy fans would make a run for the characters?

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This would have been a nice “Welcome” to the party had we not arrived during daylight!

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There were several people waiting at the bus stop when Em and I got there and we stood there for a LONG time. “Wish the Minnie Van was here now,” I whispered to Em.

A bus eventually pulled up. It’s signage said, Epcot Monorail.

This not only perplexed me, but everyone else in line. The driver got off the bus and assured us he was taking us to Wilderness Lodge, despite what the sign said. We all boarded.

Em and I drug our sleepy selves up to our room. It had been a fun and fulfilling day!
 

NessNewt

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I remember when I got on 7 dwarves for the first time I was surprised at how snug it was! My 6'2" ish husband's legs get a little cramped but he can manage. It is a ride that I'm surprised they don't have a test seat out front for.

I can see as a CM not wanting to try and size up people with warnings that they might not fit. I think it would be a hard thing to predict just by looking at a person. But a sign or test seat out front would be helpful.
 

Dave Ber

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“Let’s go ride Big Thunder,” Em suggested.

We had hoped to get in a couple rides since it is our favorite attraction to ride at night. The posted wait time was 25 minutes! Em then suggested we sample a couple of the complimentary treats while the wait time died down.

I have to give Disney props for the number of snack carts that were available during the party. There was even a cart in the 7DMT queue! Complimentary treats included ice cream, popcorn and bottled water and soft drinks. Over the course of the party I drank $14 worth of bottled water. That’s 4 bottles! :jawdrop: (It was hot, I was thirsty...)

Em and I aren’t huge into popcorn but we certainly wanted to take advantage of free ice cream....if for no other reason than to try our very FIRST Mickey bar. That’s right folks, in all our visits over the years we had never had a Mickey bar!

We grabbed a Mickey bar and an ice cream sandwich and shared them.

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We’ve eaten ice cream sandwiches and so we knew what to expect. This one had cookies and cream ice cream rather than vanilla. We thought we’d really like it, but it didn’t knock our socks off.

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Neither Em nor I are particularly fond of vanilla ice cream, which was one of our aversions to trying a Mickey bar.

So what did we think?

Drum roll please......🥁🥁🥁

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Not only were we surprised at how much we liked it, but we wished we’d gotten our own! Neither of us realized that the hard coated shell was dark chocolate.....and c’mon, everything tastes better draped in dark chocolate (amiright, @NunuBelle?!) Em and I now “get” the Mickey bar obsession....we’ve finally been enlightened. :joyfull:

Why didn’t we get another?

It was too late to be eating more ice cream (said @Longers.....NEVER!)
They sell them in the grocery stores now too
 
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Tuvalu

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Original Poster
Friday, July 19

After our usual in-room breakfast we went to the pool. There were very few guests there (and it never got busy at all.)

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A day of pool relaxation was just what we needed after our late party night.

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The sun was shining brightly and yesterday afternoon’s rain showers had cooled the water down considerably so it was very refreshing to swim and float around.

Today’s pool server was Lukas....and I kid you not, Em and I were the first people he approached when his shift began. We were in the water and said we would take a look at the menu when we got out.

“No need!” Lukas announced as he walked over to the gate and grabbed a menu for us. “The menus are waterproof!”

Indeed they were! We mulled over what sounded good for lunch as Lukas went to assist other guests. When he returned to take our order he gave his seal of approval with “great choices!” I was not in the mood for a libation (Em had requested a Frosé) and Lukas kindly said, “I’ll bring you both some water as well.”

The food came from the full-service side of Geyser Point and arrived in reusable containers with cloth napkins and flatware.

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Last summer we’d tried the teriyaki chicken wings and loved them, so ordering them again was a no-brainer.

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They were every bit as yummy as we remembered!

A new addition to the menu was a steak sandwich on sourdough, served with the same homemade chips that Em had with her burger the other day.

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This sandwich was unbelievably good! I just checked the menu to see what else was on it besides the tender steak (since I did not write it down in my notes) but it is not currently on the menu! :cry: I recall caramelized onions, roasted red peppers and arugula....it was a wonderful blend of flavors.

We stayed at the pool until early afternoon. The rain did not chase us out (rain did not arrive until this evening) but we had other things on our itinerary.

Turns out Em and I weren’t the only ones enjoying ourselves in a pool! 🤣

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NunuBelle

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Those Teriyaki wings look sooo good!, and what can I say about that sandwich?, I haven't met bread I don't like, sourdough is one of my favorites.

Did your mousekeeper know that you were having a pool day? What she/he did with that adorable piggy is so creative and cute :happy:
 
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Tuvalu

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Original Poster
I remember when I got on 7 dwarves for the first time I was surprised at how snug it was! My 6'2" ish husband's legs get a little cramped but he can manage. It is a ride that I'm surprised they don't have a test seat out front for.

I can see as a CM not wanting to try and size up people with warnings that they might not fit. I think it would be a hard thing to predict just by looking at a person. But a sign or test seat out front would be helpful.
Agree with both of your points. :geek:

Yet, another reason why they named it the Magic Kingdom?! :jawdrop: :hilarious:
I like this risqué side of you, Minnie!

Did your mousekeeper know that you were having a pool day? What she/he did with that adorable piggy is so creative and cute :happy:
She did not, and that's what made the surprise even more awesome!!

Are you sure it wasn't "out of this world delicious"?!😉
On second thought, YES. Definitely YES.
And I am sure @TrolleyFollower91 would agree.
 

slipperalwaysfits

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I'm glad you felt like it was worth it to do the Villans after hours once, (at least that's the impression I got). Interesting about SPACE MOUNTAIN. I think total darkness would disorient me a bit, too. Loved the "red light" joke! That's one district I'll happily admit to visiting!!! :p:p:geek::geek:

Also, my hubby loves the Mickey bars but I've never really been much for ice cream on a stick. I see the "Disney allure" but I can never eat it before it melts! We were happy to find them in our local grocery earlier this year, though! Well, I was happy for the hubby but I found them!:geek::geek:
 

Tuvalu

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I'm glad you felt like it was worth it to do the Villans after hours once, (at least that's the impression I got). Interesting about SPACE MOUNTAIN. I think total darkness would disorient me a bit, too. Loved the "red light" joke! That's one district I'll happily admit to visiting!!! :p:p:geek::geek:

Also, my hubby loves the Mickey bars but I've never really been much for ice cream on a stick. I see the "Disney allure" but I can never eat it before it melts! We were happy to find them in our local grocery earlier this year, though! Well, I was happy for the hubby but I found them!:geek::geek:
Yes it was “worth it” for us to do the Villains Party once.

And I agree about ice cream on a stick. Now, ice cream in a cone.....😍
 

epcotisbest

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Friday, July 19

After our usual in-room breakfast we went to the pool. There were very few guests there (and it never got busy at all.)

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A day of pool relaxation was just what we needed after our late party night.

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The sun was shining brightly and yesterday afternoon’s rain showers had cooled the water down considerably so it was very refreshing to swim and float around.

Today’s pool server was Lukas....and I kid you not, Em and I were the first people he approached when his shift began. We were in the water and said we would take a look at the menu when we got out.

“No need!” Lukas announced as he walked over to the gate and grabbed a menu for us. “The menus are waterproof!”

Indeed they were! We mulled over what sounded good for lunch as Lukas went to assist other guests. When he returned to take our order he gave his seal of approval with “great choices!” I was not in the mood for a libation (Em had requested a Frosé) and Lukas kindly said, “I’ll bring you both some water as well.”

The food came from the full-service side of Geyser Point and arrived in reusable containers with cloth napkins and flatware.

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Last summer we’d tried the teriyaki chicken wings and loved them, so ordering them again was a no-brainer.

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They were every bit as yummy as we remembered!

A new addition to the menu was a steak sandwich on sourdough, served with the same homemade chips that Em had with her burger the other day.

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This sandwich was unbelievably good! I just checked the menu to see what else was on it besides the tender steak (since I did not write it down in my notes) but it is not currently on the menu! :cry: I recall caramelized onions, roasted red peppers and arugula....it was a wonderful blend of flavors.

We stayed at the pool until early afternoon. The rain did not chase us out (rain did not arrive until this evening) but we had other things on our itinerary.

Turns out Em and I weren’t the only ones enjoying ourselves in a pool! 🤣

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I might someday warm up to (or cool down with) that pool if I ever get over the loss of Hidden Springs Pool. Yeah, I know, as Henley sang, "Get over it."
Sandwich and wings look great.
 
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Longers

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“Let’s go ride Big Thunder,” Em suggested.

We had hoped to get in a couple rides since it is our favorite attraction to ride at night. The posted wait time was 25 minutes! Em then suggested we sample a couple of the complimentary treats while the wait time died down.

I have to give Disney props for the number of snack carts that were available during the party. There was even a cart in the 7DMT queue! Complimentary treats included ice cream, popcorn and bottled water and soft drinks. Over the course of the party I drank $14 worth of bottled water. That’s 4 bottles! :jawdrop: (It was hot, I was thirsty...)

Em and I aren’t huge into popcorn but we certainly wanted to take advantage of free ice cream....if for no other reason than to try our very FIRST Mickey bar. That’s right folks, in all our visits over the years we had never had a Mickey bar!

We grabbed a Mickey bar and an ice cream sandwich and shared them.

View attachment 396541

View attachment 396544

We’ve eaten ice cream sandwiches and so we knew what to expect. This one had cookies and cream ice cream rather than vanilla. We thought we’d really like it, but it didn’t knock our socks off.

View attachment 396543

Neither Em nor I are particularly fond of vanilla ice cream, which was one of our aversions to trying a Mickey bar.

So what did we think?

Drum roll please......🥁🥁🥁

View attachment 396542

Not only were we surprised at how much we liked it, but we wished we’d gotten our own! Neither of us realized that the hard coated shell was dark chocolate.....and c’mon, everything tastes better draped in dark chocolate (amiright, @NunuBelle?!) Em and I now “get” the Mickey bar obsession....we’ve finally been enlightened. :joyfull:

Why didn’t we get another?

It was too late to be eating more ice cream (said @Longers.....NEVER!)
Never too late (or early) for ice cream!
 

Tuvalu

Premium Member
Original Poster
I might someday warm up to (or cool down with) that pool if I ever get over the loss of Hidden Springs Pool. Yeah, I know, as Henley sang, "Get over it."
Sandwich and wings look great.
I took a many dips in the Hidden Springs pool, and I remember not being impressed with the first photographs I saw of its replacement. “Too big! Too open!” were the thoughts that came to mind.

Then I experienced Boulder Ridge for myself. Still had the same feelings of tranquility I had at Hidden Springs, which surprised me. So relaxing. So peaceful.

There is not much shade over the water though which may be a negative for you. Me, I’m a sunflower, so no complaints!
 

epcotisbest

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I took a many dips in the Hidden Springs pool, and I remember not being impressed with the first photographs I saw of its replacement. “Too big! Too open!” were the thoughts that came to mind.

Then I experienced Boulder Ridge for myself. Still had the same feelings of tranquility I had at Hidden Springs, which surprised me. So relaxing. So peaceful.

There is not much shade over the water though which may be a negative for you. Me, I’m a sunflower, so no complaints!
I am a shade kinda guy. I am as white as the sweater in your avatar for a couple of minutes, but leave me out in the sun and I almost immediately change to a lovely shade of sunburn red. The shade was a big draw for me and it stayed shaded for a good part of the morning and then later in the evening too.
It is good to know that the feeling of tranquility and peacefulness still exists at the replacement pool. Good news. Although it does occur to me your pool time is relaxing from your park time, my pool time is usually relaxing from lounge chair time, two different types of tranquility relief.
 
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