A Whole New World
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Great day at Epcot (even with the bird attack). I love the kimono on Maddie, she looks so excited about her purchase and what a great purchase Mary Devall made, I love teh wood carved animals, we actually watched one being made when we were there last year and the girls were fixated.
I have to agree about the Family Style / Buffet Meals...when Angel hit 10 it was a big shock when the bill came in, even last year I kept them down to a minumum of one character meal each for that reason and even with the TIW it is quite hefty. This year when we were planning our meals we did the same thing, I think the girls picked one character meal and Boma and the rest...a la carte meals, much easier as Angel eats like a bird, between an appetizer and an entree we can share and it is so much more affordable.
Bummer about GG, I have heard mixed reviews on that one. We have never been but are trying it this fall. Josie is still a kid's price and well Andre, free so now would be a good time to give it a go I think.
I LOVE how serious your girls are with the Pledge of Allegiance
OH my goodness the girls are getting so big! I cannot believe how grown up Mary Devall looks! It sounds like it was a wonderful day--Maddie's Kimono is wonderful and the picture of the girls together in front of Nemo is great! I can imagine that the sticker shock of Mary Devall being an adult for buffets and family style meals is awful! Good luck with that!
We slept until about 8 a.m. and managed to get out of the room within the hour (and that’s with Thom and me taking about half that time trying to figure out how to work the espresso/coffee maker).
Our big quandry of the trip was where to eat breakfast! Thom had grown so accustomed to the complimentary breakfasts at Hilton properties that he was a bit taken aback that no such thing existed at the Waldorf. Actually, the only option for breakfast (other than room service) was the one restaurant that was open at that time. It offered a buffet or ala carte, so we decided to go for it.
We had actually teased Mary Devall so much about making her skip breakfast that she told my parents that she was going to take her own money for breakfast (and then my dad ended up giving each girl $20 the night we left ). Well played, Mary Devall, well played.
We were going to leave for MK right after breakfast, so the girls created this warm greeting for our housekeeper. Thom and I laughed that Mary Devall laid out the money like the housekeeper had just won in poker.
Posing in the hall outside of our room.
The restaurant was on the ground floor and faced the pool. The buffet looked absolutely delicious (the pastry table alone filled one entire wall), but we had lunch scheduled in just a few hours so I knew that it would be too much food for me. Everyone else agreed, so we all ordered off the menu. I really wanted the french toast, but one of my most feared words, banana, was mentioned in the description of it. I asked our server if it could be made without the bananas and he told me that the bananas were just placed on top, so they could just leave them off. Mary Devall went with silver dollar pancakes, Maddie had eggs and bacon and Thom had oatmeal and yogurt. It was a delicious breakfast, but Maddie stated that she wanted to come back tomorrow and have the buffet when she spotted the pastry table.
I took this picture of the gorgeous lobby before we headed out for the day.
Thom had gone ahead of us to put our personal credit card on the room instead of his work credit card, but he was nowhere to be found when we walked outside. One of the valets finally told us that he had gone to the pro shop that was next door. Sure enough, he came back all excited at the possibility of playing golf at the Waldorf course one day. I’m still surprised that he came back.
Our car was quickly brought around and we were soon on our way to MK. We made it there fairly quickly, parked, hopped a tram, took the monorail and finally made it through the gates! Whew! Talk about a multi-step process just to get in a park! This may have been the day when Mary Devall started missing the Disney bus system.
Once in the park, we immediately headed to the fire house to see if the Sorcerer of the Magic Kingdom game was being played today. I had told Mary Devall that it was at the soft opening stage and that I had read about several people playing it already. She was SO excited at the prospect of being able to play.
The fire house doors were closed, so next we headed to City Hall to ask about the possibility of it being open today. I let Mary Devall do the talking and the CM was immediately smiling about her enthusiasm. She told her that it might open today and to keep checking back during the day.
We kept going down Main Street and hung a right into Tomorrow Land to grab FP’s for Buzz. The crowds today were the heaviest that we saw throughout our trip, but they really didn’t seem to affect the lines. It just had a more crowded feel when walking through the park.
The wait for SM was only at 20 minutes, so I urged Thom and Mary Devall to take off while Maddie and I occupied ourselves. Of course, she suggested the TTA which she loves dearly - - except for the astronauts hanging upside when you ride through SM. We had a fun, silly ride and then walked over to the arcade to wait for Thom and Mary Devall. Maddie enjoyed just hopping from game to game and her sister joined in on the fun when they found us. I’ve finally learned that you really don’t need to spend a dime with my girls in an arcade. They truly love just trying out everything.
Thom and I finally managed to steer them back outside where Mary Devall asked to ride the TTA. Well okay, we’ll ride it again!
This was dance team competition week and MK was full of them today (probably the reason why it seemed so much more crowded than other parks). For the most part, the girls were all well behaved, but a couple of girls in a group in front of us were sitting and laying down on the moving walkway. Not exactly what I wanted my girls to see , but I wasn’t going to say anything. I just prayed that one of their ponytails didn’t get caught in the belt - - because I really didn’t want my girls to see that either!
We had another fun ride with Mary Devall trying her best to get Maddie to look up at the astronaut in SM. I think she’s convinced that once her sister is comfortable with the astronaut then she will be ready to ride SM. Hmm . . .
When we exited our car, of course the same dance team was in front of us. This time one girl decided to lay down on the belt, but a CM from above saw her and immediately asked her to get up. because Mary Devall was watching every bit of the action!
It was time for our FP’s, so we took the short walk to Buzz. Thom was so happy because he immediately hit some high scoring targets and beat me for the first time in a long time. He’s also learned that if he just keeps spinning me around and around, then it’s harder for me to win.
It was nearing time for our lunch so we headed over to Liberty Square to check in at LTT. When I was making the ADR’s, I really wanted to eat at LTT again, but I gave my family the choice of the Plaza and LTT. Of course, they all chose the Plaza and I apparently made a pouty face. Thom then made a very valid point “Why do you even ask us?” Yeah, why do I?
We had the same server that we had last year and we sat at the same table that we sat at when we came here for dinner back in 2006 before MNSSHP (Thom thinks I’m a tad off for remembering these things ). I love Mary Devall because she looked around and exclaimed “It IS the same table!”
Thom and I started with the Crab and Spinach Dip for Two (blue crab, spinach, cream cheese and warm flatbread) and then both ordered the Tri-Corner Sandwich (roast beef and swiss cheese with Liberty Tree Slaw, horseradish cream sauce and arugula served on herbed focaccia with your choice of soup). I had the French onion soup while he had the clam chowder.
Mary Devall ordered Meaty Macaroni which I totally missed since I would have reminded her that she doesn’t like this entrée. When it was placed in front of her, I kept quiet and watched in wonder as she actually ate it. Maddie followed up her country cooking feast from the Garden Grill the night before with the Sliced Turkey dinner. She’s my little carnivore!
Once again, our lunch was just delicious. Thom had to take a work call near the end, so he missed the dessert portion. Maddie ordered an ice cream sundae while I went with my favorite, Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake (vanilla cake with a gooey toffee filling, vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce). We did the best we could (and Mary Devall was no help at all), but we barely made a dent in our desserts.
When we went outside, I didn’t seem Thom at first. Mary Devall started to get a little jittery and was afraid that her daddy was lost. I assured her that we would find him and thankfully soon spotted him leaning against the stone wall across from LTT. Whew! Crisis averted!
A trip to remember . . .
Last edited by Jillybean; 03-05-2012 at 07:59 AM..
Yummy, lunch sure sounded good! As did the gigantic pastry table at breakfast! Hoping for some pictures of that later in the trip (not that we'll probably ever get to stay at the W-A!).
And I could just imagine 100 horrible fates to those girls laying on the moving sidewalks!! What WOULD their mothers have said?! Glad you didn't end up witnessing anything gruesome as a result!
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