A Whole New World
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Finally caught up! I love reading about your trip, but it's hard, because it make me miss y'all that much more! I think my favorite thing was you managing to get dessert at Y&Y AND two Yak Attacks! Attagirl!
Fun with friends! Read about it in my Trip Report. Final thoughts added 4/9. NOW COMPLETE!
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Loved reading all your stories about your day at AK The girls look adorable with their face paintings and that video of MD waving to you from the couch in the lounge reminded me so much of my older daughter when she was her age Sorry Thom wasn't feeling so well that day but hopefully after a good night's sleep he was ready to go the next day! Can't wait for more.
For some reason I am always fashionably late to TR's! Loving it so far, can't wait to read more! However, I did follow your trip through your facebook mobile uploads while you were there. We missed each other by a week btw!
Despite having to pack (boo hiss! ) in addition to getting ready this morning, we were out the door fairly early for us. We skipped bell services since we could manage our own bags and were soon in our car on the way to DHS with one last to the Waldorf.
I am not exaggerating when I say that the Bonnet Creek resort drive is longest part of the journey to DHS from the Waldorf. You turn left out of Bonnet Creek and then take the second left and you are there. Easy as pie.
We considered walking to the front, but a tram magically appeared and we hopped on it instead. When we pulled up to the front, I took Maddie by the hand and got off on the wrong side (along with many of my fellow travelers). Oops! We had to go back through the tram to get off on the right side - - where of course, Thom and Mary Devall were waiting to laugh at us.
We had decided to wait and eat breakfast at DHS this morning and I knew exactly where we should eat. I had heard about Starring Rolls Café for a while now, so I lead us right there. What a teeny little place, but thankfully it wasn’t too crowded.
Thom and Maddie picked out what they wanted (Mary Devall had actually eaten the rest of her chocolate muffin from MK that morning in the room) before Thom took off to TSMM for FP’s and Maddie went to sit outside with Mary Devall. By the time that Thom returned, I was at the table with the girls and our food.
Maddie had an interesting breakfast of a bagel, an apple and potato chips while I just went with my usual cinnamon roll! If I remember correctly, Thom just had a banana and yogurt and then finished what Maddie left behind. I think he stopped short of the potato chips though.
Once we had finished our breakfast, we walked across the park to check on the standby line at Star Tours. It was 10 minutes, so we walked right on. We had the underwater scene for the first time which thrilled Mary Devall to no end.
I don’t know how, but we finally convinced Maddie to give the Great Movie Ride another chance. The fire in the cowboy scene is what really had scared her, so we managed to downplay that and really talk up those munchkins. We waited less than five minutes before we snagged one of the last seats in the car. Thankfully, we ended up with the gangster scene, so we managed to avoid the fire and keep any chance of us riding this together as a family again.
As soon as we exited the GMR, we ran right into an interesting opportunity. Several CM’s were standing in front of the GMR announcing that they needed children to shoot a commercial. Now we love watching and interacting with the streetmosphere characters, so we know that things are not always as they appear at DHS. Still . . . we thought this would be fun for the girls, so we said “Sure!” when they asked us directly if the girls could help them out.
They finally managed to gather about 10 or 12 children and then they began explaining the shot to them. They were to yell “Where we’re the stars!” and then scream their heads off. It took about 4 or 5 tries before the director was happy. He gave them all a cute key chain for helping out and told the parents that this was going to be used for an internal commercial in the resorts, so not to look for it on YouTube.
He asked the children to stand behind him then and informed the parents that it was our turn. Okay, I have a hard time recording my voice mail greeting much less acting in a commercial. I tried to blend into the background, but he called me around to the front to even out our group and let me know that he was on to me “Thought you were going to hide, didn’t you?”
Our line was “Number One. The Great Movie Ride!” and then we had to whoop it up. The director did have to qualify this line by telling us that they were just counting down rides in DHS and that we weren’t saying that the Great Movie Ride was the number one ride. After all, he said, it’s not 1986!
We only took two takes before it was a wrap. Mary Devall said that one of the dads was hilarious with his enthusiasm. We also received key chains before we were thanked and sent on our merry way.
Our FP window was open, so we headed down Sunset Blvd. Thom and Maddie picked up FP’s at RnRC while Mary Devall and I dropped in on ToT.
We decided to draw a character next and lucked out by walking in right when a session was about to start. We took the last four seats on the last row. The CM was trying to come up with a character that no one had ever drawn before, but there were two ladies there who must live there because they had drawn everyone.
We finally were down to two choices: Carl from Up or Sorcerer Mickey. I wanted to draw Carl, but Mickey won out. He was actually a lot of fun to draw. Maddie just tickles me because she draws her beginning oval as small as possible, but she still came away with something that looked somewhat like Mickey. So I had Maddie on one side of me who wanted to happily show me what she had drawn with each step and I had Mary Devall on the other side who was constantly grunting and grumbling because hers wasn’t perfect. It’s a wonder I drew anything.
After the class, we ventured down into the interactive area so that the girls could play. They have always loved this area, so we spent a good deal of time in there. Mary Devall wanted us all to take the “which character are you most like” quiz and I was surprised that Mulan is my soul sister. Warrior princess . . . I think I can handle that.
The girls love to look at all of the art work in the store on the way out, so we spent some more time in there. Mary Devall ended up buying a vinylmation and thankfully was happy with her purchase. The CM there also gave me a rubber band so that I could roll up our drawings.
We had spent so much time at Animation Academy that it was almost time for our ADR. We cut through the Streets of America and were soon checking in at Mama Melrose’s. While we were waiting, Thom noticed that the film crew from earlier was filming another scene outside. He hadn’t been too sure that the commercial was for real, so I knew he was going to just ask point blank. He came back inside and didn’t say a word, so I had a feeling that they had made a believer out of him.
We were seated shortly thereafter in the back of the restaurant. I just love the atmosphere of this restaurant - - and the food too. It is my idealized version of what an Italian restaurant should be.
My drink order was a no brainer for me - - the sangria here is wonderful and the half carafe is a true bargain!
For my entrée, I went with an old favorite, Penne alla Vodka (with Pancetta and Sweet Onion finished with Tomato-Basil Sauce, Cream, Vodka, and Pecorino Romano) while Thom had the Grilled Chicken Flatbread (with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto, Pancetta, Asiago Cheese, and fresh Chives) and the girls both had penne pasta.
Mary Devall quickly became obsessed with the names covering the brick walls. When our server stopped at our table, she asked him all the “how’s, when’s , where’s” before she got to the main point - - can I write my name on the wall? His answer was short and simple “Go for it!”
That’s all both girls needed to hear before they grabbed their crayons and picked an empty spot on the wall (which was very hard to find). We found one for Mary Devall at eye level, but Maddie picked a brick that was near the floor (Maddie's name is a little harder to pick out - - she wrote the M, A and E at the bottom and then the two D's and the I above. ) They loved leaving their little marks on Mama Melroses.
Our entrees were delicious, so why stop there! The girls were both intrigued by the spaghetti and meatballs dessert option on the kids’ menu, so after an in depth questioning of our server, they both went with that.
My favorite dessert at Mama Melroses is not actually listed as a dessert, but as a beverage. It is the frozen cappuccino and it never disappoints. Thom also ordered off menu and just asked our server if they could make an ice cream sundae for him. No problem!
Just as a little side note (and because I can’t let it go ), our meal was almost half the price of what it was at Garden Grill a few nights before. I’m comparing lunch to dinner, but still . . .
A trip to remember . . .
Last edited by Jillybean; 04-05-2012 at 09:58 AM..
So glad that they give you a number now at TS because that is still one of Jason's favorites and I always feel silly running around in a circle looking for an empty dino.
How cool to be in a commercial...even if it isn't on Youtube
If there is a cinnamon roll as a choice for breakfast...that's what I'm choosing every time. Love Starring Rolls, but my absolute fave is Main Street Bakery
I had the Mama Melrose penne vodka on my last trip and I'm hoping to have it again this fall...delish!
FINALLY caught up! Phew! Just before the end, too! I made it!!
Love that you were in a commercial! Love the new fluffy - and the Canada story. Hilarious! Gosh I love just about every part of your trip (except when Thom didn't feel well - that's no fun. Been there done that).
Sad to see your trip wrapping up, but it sounds so nice, and it's a great "Disney Fix" until I can get back!
Great start to your last day. Your lunch looked delicious, we have MM for the first time planned in July and I am getting so excited for all these wonderful TRs. I so love Penne a la Volka....think it might be a winner for me.