With that low of a score, she’ll need the extra yardage (no offense @missoverexcited)
Practically Perfect in....Most Ways! The Overexcited Family Trip a Little Light Fantastic August 2019
I know! Those targets are ridiculous and there’s no way of really aiming that gun. And that sound it makes is enough to make you go bonkers, especially if the ride stops.
TSM is much better in that regard. But still buzz is always a must do for us.
Hollywood Studios - 15th August
When I first planned this trip, Touring Plans was predicting that Magic Kingdom would be open until 1am the night before. So obviously, I had planned to get to the park around lunchtime the next day. But when my mum saw the plans, she didn’t want to be in the park right before our Yachtsman reservation at 5.30pm. So on day 14 of our holiday, after the latest night of our trip, we were rope dropping yet again!
Our first ride was going to be Toy Story Mania, so I decided that we didn’t need to be super early, and we got the bus about 8.15. There were a lot of people waiting by the time we arrived, so I suggested lining up by Echo Lake instead. This was a great strategy. We were only about 15 people back there, and we were able to get ahead of most of the crowd.
We ended up being among the first to ride. As we rushed through the empty queue, I heard someone shout “Miss Overexcited!” It was @MamaLuvsDisney! She was about 20 people back in the queue (although at that point we were next to each other). We couldn’t really stop to chat though!
When we got to the exit we waited and waited - about 20 mins. But we never saw her. I don’t know how we could possibly have missed her! But we did.
Joe went to Woody’s Lunchbox to get a drink, and then we went to use our 9.30 Slinky Dog Dash FP. I was glad I had booked so many FPs for it, because I would hate to wait for it!
We were ridiculously ahead of schedule - 45 mins I think - so I suggested getting photos at the Toy Story Land entrance. As we wandered over there, I bumped into @MamaLuvsDisney again and this time we stopped for a chat. She was really lovely! My mum told her that they thought I was crazy meeting internet people, and she told my mum that some Liners she met had become really close friends. Mum still didn’t get it though. My dad’s face every time I said I was meeting someone said it all
Then we went to get our photos, and I went for a photo at the Jack Jack wall. I did enjoy my wall photos!
The next stop on the plan was Star Tours. As we walked past the Chinese Theatre, my mum wanted to stop and get a photo. Just then, Joe realised he didn’t have his hat and raced back to Slinky Dog Dash. He was gone for ages as they checked every train for him. While he was gone, we checked out the handprints and signatures.
He returned empty handed, but immediately went back as he had thought of somewhere else it could be. He didn’t find it that time either. I remembered then that he didn’t have it on when I was looking for him in the line at Woody’s. He probably left it on Toy Story Mania. I filled in the online form immediately, but we never got it back.
We took another picture near the Chinese Theatre, and then went to do Star Tours. We were no longer ahead of schedule!! And the line at Star Tours was really long. We had to skip Muppetvision, but we’d already seen it anyway.
We had a 10.30 FP for Tower of Terror so we walked down Sunset Boulevard. I love this ride!
It was still too early for our 11.50 Rock and Roller Coaster FP, so we did some shopping and got some more photopass pics. We’ve got so many but when they’re included, you might as well!
We went back for Rock and Roller Coaster - so much fun! But after we’d got off Joe realised he had left his sunglasses in the pocket. We didn’t bother going back, or filling in a report. They were £3 glasses and he had spares back in our room.
Lunch at ABC was next on the plan, we got a table outside and people watched while we ate. Then I wanted to go to Starbucks. Joe and I both got frappucinos, he got the butterfinger cupcake (as did my dad), and I’d decided it was time to try the carrot cake cookie!
It was huge! We didn’t actually eat our treats at this point, though when we got outside after waiting for our drinks, my dad had already scoffed his. My mum didn’t fancy anything there.
Next it was finally time to watch the Frozen singalong. I had been so looking forward to it, the others hadn’t seen it. But Equity Ben wasn’t in it! He had been in the 1.30 show practically every day of our trip, but on this day he didn’t start till 3.30. Typical! It was still very funny. And we managed to miss the rain while we were in there, which was good timing!
Now it was time for us to take a break and get ready for the Yachtsman! Of course on the way out we stopped for more pics.
Back in our room, I ate half the carrot cake cookie and it was very tasty, but it had raisins in which was unexpected and not a welcome surprise!
None taken, I don’t know what it means
I love how all of our recent trip reports have featured the carrot cake cookie .
I don’t think anyone outside of us Liners really get the idea of meeting up at Disney (or beyond). I think @AllmadhereUK’s DH and DSs thought we were crazy meeting up in DC though Harry played along quite well!
It’s not an official trip until DS loses a hat or his sunglasses. So far, he’s left his hat on BTMRR (didn’t get that one back) and had it fall off his head on KRR into the water (surprisingly, that one he did get back). He’s left so many sunglasses, but my favorite was last time as he had them tucked into his shirt, leaned over to check out his fish on our fishing excursion and they fell into the water. Don’t leave your sunglasses like this when fishing!
I have meant to try it every trip and never got round to it!
You just reminded me that Joe left his sunglasses on RnRC that same day!
This is actually our usual start to our MK mornings.
As well they should
Another great installment! Love all the photos. Sorry Joe left a trail of items behind him. You definitely had more than your fair share of rain. At least all of you look like you’re having fun!
I had to laugh: my DD lost 2 pairs of sunglasses a total of 3 times on our beach trip this summer. Must be a 14 year old thing! Enjoying your day and excited to hear about Yachtsman.
All the fun!
Yachtsman and Hollywood Studios - 15th August
Back in the room, we did a bit of packing (there wasn’t much to do because I’d been rolling and packing our dirty clothes as we went along) and then I had the first shower. When I came out Joe had taken off his socks in preparation for his own shower, and told me he had a blister. It was huge!! I had blister plasters but they were a bit small for it really. I put one on it anyway once he’d showered. Then we just chilled in the room - Joe probably found some sport to watch and I read.
We got a Lyft around 5. First we took some pics outside the room. My gorgeous boy
We got to the Yacht Club with plenty of time to spare and hung out in the lobby for a while. It was nice to check it out.
We checked in and had a short wait to be seated. Our server told us she really liked British TV and a British guest had told her recently she should watch a really funny comedy called Peaky Blinders. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s a gritty drama about gangsters in the 1920s who slash people’s eyes with razor blades. Hilarious! We tried to steer her away from that and to stick to Downton Abbey
She took our drinks order, and me, mum and dad all ordered the Captain’s Mai Tai. Joe had Mello Yello. She joked that she thought he was going to order a Mai Tai too which was actually pretty funny because it did sound like that. We all laughed and then my mum said definitely not, he’s only 14. The server turned to me and said “What about you honey, you know you can’t drink at 18 in this country? Do you have ID?” I told her I’m 44!! She started laughing and said she thought I was 16 I told her I have my mum’s good genes. Anyway, the cocktail was delicious!
The bread to start was nice. Dad spread some of the roasted garlic on it, and said it was very tasty. Me and dad had the strip steak with potato gratin, I think Joe had it too but with chips. I don’t know what mum had but it was with sweet potato casserole. We had to ask what exactly it was! We all really enjoyed our meals, though mum thought the casserole was a bit too sweet. We were stuffed! But we weren’t going to skip dessert! Mum and dad had sorbet, Joe and I had creme brûlée. It was good but I preferred the one at Chefs de France. Overall it was a really lovely experience. I enjoyed it far more than last time, and my parents really enjoyed themselves.
Afterwards we walked out to get the boat back to Hollywood Studios. We must have just missed one because we were the only ones there. We just wandered round the lighthouse, chatting and looking at the views while we waited. Or playing with our phones, as the case may be.
Of course, then the boat turned up and the queue was enormous. Luckily a nice lady a few families back beckoned us in front of her, she said she knew we were there before her, which was really kind of her. We even managed to get seats.
We arrived at Hollywood Studios and our first stop was First Aid because Joe was moaning about his blister. But as I suspected, they couldn’t do anything. I was really hoping they would pop it but of course they wouldn’t. They did give us some moleskin and offered some band aids, or plasters as I would call them, but I had some. I put the moleskin over the top of the plaster as they suggested.
Next we had a FP for Star Tours. I didn’t take any pics but I’m sure we enjoyed it. When we came out, it was getting dark and the park was all lit up.
We did some shopping while we thought about whether to go to Fantasmic as we had planned. Eventually, me and my parents decided we would watch it and Joe decided to go back to the hotel with his gimpy foot. It was about 8.45 as we headed down Sunset Boulevard.
Oh my goodness, we hadn’t seen F! since 2000 and I had forgotten how far you have to walk!! It was a good job Joe didn’t come, he’d have had a few more blisters And I was regretting not going back to the hotel too, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to walk back later! Despite being quite late (it was about 8.55 when we got to our seats) we had no problem finding seats. There was lots of space. Not in the centre section of course, but we weren’t too bothered about that. There were actually still people coming in and finding seats after it had started.
The show wasn’t actually as good as I remembered it. But to be honest I didn’t really remember much! Just the boat with the characters. Joe would have hated it, but we liked it.
As we came out, the Star Wars fireworks were going off all around us. It was at this point that I realised I had never gone to Toy Story Land at night, and now it was too late. Not only that, I had also never gone to Pandora at night! We were supposed to go the day Joe got sick and we left at lunchtime. Next time…
We exited through lightsaber arches,
and got the bus back to POFQ. My mum and dad said that they weren’t going to the parks in the morning, they needed to go to Disney Springs for more presents. I stopped off at Jackson Square to get some sweets for Cass with leftover snack credits, but they didn’t have his favourite red liquorice Mickey heads. I got a few bags of other sweets before going back to our room. Joe was in bed already, and I wasn’t far behind him. Our last sleep at POFQ of the holiday
I hate when it’s over
Me too. I hope we’ll be back in 3 years but I don’t know and I’m sad!
Yes he is!!!
i’ve been following along as you’ve been posting and just now catching up on your last few days. thanks so much for sharing your trip (and family) with us! it looks like it was a wonderful time!
It certainly was. Last day still to come, maybe today.
Disney Springs/Hollywood Studios and departure day - 16th August
Our last morning! I didn’t set an alarm and I think we woke around 8am. We were in no rush - our first FP for Slinky Dog was at 9.35 so as long as we got there by 10.35, we were fine. Really I just wanted to do our 3 FPs, anything else was a bonus.
We showered and packed up our last things, and when I emptied the safe and Joe saw how much spending money he had left, he asked to go to Disney Springs instead of Hollywood Studios. Did I think about sending him with my mum and dad and going to Magic Kingdom for my Redd’s Revenge? Sadly not, it’s just come to me now! Anyway, I really needed the red liquorice for Cass, and I knew I’d seen it somewhere - it seemed likely it was at World of Disney.
Joe still had his big blister, I layered moleskin around it and then put a blister plaster over the top, and more moleskin over the top of that. I’d have popped it if I had anything to use. We dropped our luggage at Bell Services and went for breakfast. I remember I had french toast because we still had QS credits, and it was yummy. But too filling! 3 enormous slices, I didn’t get near finishing and I was stuffed. Then we went to wait for the bus. My dad texted me to ask where we were - they were at Bell Services and checking out at the front desk. I had told them there was no need, but they wanted to make sure everything was right, and as it happens it wasn’t because they’d been charged for Sci Fi dinner on our 2nd full day. I told them we were heading to Disney Springs and we ended up all going together just after 9.30.
I don’t really appreciate the shops at Disney Springs - too high end for me in general - but it is very pretty.
We tried the superhero shop first of all - we had to wait outside for it to open until 10am. We were after T shirts though, and it mainly sold toys. We split up from my mum and dad after that. Joe went to Under Armour, the Harley Davidson shop, Superdry, Levi’s, probably others. We might have gone to Uniqlo again. We definitely got treats at Candy Cauldron - I got a pumpkin Mickey cake pop just because we’ve never been for Halloween, and Joe just had a cookie.
Our last stop was World of Disney where I found not only the sweets I wanted, but also a gorgeous Coco mug. We have too many mugs, and they take up too much space/weight in suitcases, so I try not to look at them but when I saw this beauty I had to have it - it was so heavy to carry round! Picture taken just now in my kitchen
We were ready to head to Hollywood Studios about 11.05. We’d missed Slinky Dog, but I was fairly confident I could pick one up at the 12.01 drop time. Our second FP, for TOT, was 10.35, so with the 15 min grace period we could use it up until 11.50. Bags of time! I decided we should bus to Swalphin and walk from there. We got to the bus stop, where all the Epcot resorts were sharing, and there were about 4 people ahead of us. We waited. And waited. It was 11.30 when the bus came, and we got off at the Swan.
My intention had been to walk to Hollywood Studios from there, but with Limp-Along Leslie moaning that his foot hurt all the time, I decided to get the boat. There were about 10 people ahead of us so I guessed we hadn’t just missed a boat. We got there at 11.45, so our Tower of Terror FP was toast. I started trying to modify it. At 12, still waiting for the boat, I gave up and started trying to modify Slinky Dog Dash instead. I picked one up in the 12.01 drop for 1.40ish. And we kept waiting. About 12.10 a boat showed up but it was full. By this time there must have been 50 people impatiently waiting. The CM told us that another was right behind him, but it was a good 10 minutes. We finally got to Hollywood Studios at exactly 12.30, 1 hour and 25 mins after leaving Disney Springs. We could have walked it quicker!! Next time I’ll get a Lyft. In fact, next time I’ll send Joe shopping on his own!!
Our bag check CM was funny. He asked the girl in front of us if she wanted to hear jokes or rapping, she didn’t answer and he told her a few (bad) jokes. Then when it was our turn, he started rapping. Joe was wearing a Nirvana top, and his rap was about Nirvana and included song titles - I thought it was fab and clapped when he stopped. Joe just looked at him deadpan
We dashed to Rock n Rollercoaster, our FP luckily had started at 11.50, not immediately after the second one, so we still had time. We love a thrill ride to finish the trip. Sadly we could only gaze at Tower of Terror from the queue, since I had no luck at all modifying it to a later time.
On the way back out on to Sunset Boulevard, I spotted a UK liner, Gaby. Gaby is working at the Rose and Crown for a year on the Cultural Representative programme. She has already done 3 months as a character performer back in 2016 - when we failed to meet her - and 3 months at ESPN sports place the following summer. Her sister Charlie did a year in retail at the UK Pavillion also in 2016, and we did manage to meet her. I know their mum too, and I’d been hoping to meet Gaby but our full EP day was her day off. And there she was heading towards Rock n Rollercoaster. She took it very well having a stranger shout her name and get really excited to see her - but she’s used to it I think, FB Liners do it all the time.
We had nothing to do now really until our Slinky Dog FP. So we got some more photopass pics.
Then Joe wanted a frappuccino from Starbucks. He had only found out the day before that they were a snack credit, because I didn’t want to spend half our holiday and 90% of our snack credits in Starbucks! I had never set foot in one in the parks until the day before.
I left him to it and went to Red Carpet Dreams to meet Minnie and Mickey. It was my first time meeting them here. It was posted 30 mins and I assumed it would be less, but it was pretty spot on. Minnie was sweet, she liked my ears. Sorcerer Mickey was fab! He got really excited that I had on Ariel ears and an Ariel top, he span me around and generally acted like he’d never seen matching clothing before, especially when the photographer pointed out my Little Mermaid Vans. It was such a great meet, I came out grinning ear to ear.
Finally, we walked over to Toy Story Land to ride Slinky Dog.
It was about 2pm, Magical Express wasn’t coming till 4.10, but there was no point prolonging the inevitable so with no more FPs, we made the sad journey back to POFQ, in the rain once more!!
Back at POFQ, we got some lunch, and then I got a beignet sundae. I had been looking forward to this - I’d wanted one since we arrived but never got round to it. 3 beignets, a scoop of ice cream, topped with whipped cream and Mickey sprinkles. Yum. The Lines app lists it as a snack credit, and I swear it was a snack credit on the menu earlier in the trip. But it wasn’t a snack credit now, and they charged me 2 credits - 1 for the beignets and 1 for the ice cream. It was only 6.79, I should have just paid out of pocket and used them on something higher value. And was it worth it? No, it was not. The hot beignets melted the ice cream and cream pretty quickly and it all turned into a big mess. I should have stick with normal, delicious beignets.
Then we went to use up our remaining credits on boxes of cookies for gifts. We had 2 QS credits (no idea how as before the trip I’d worked out we were 3 short) and 5 snack credits. While I was there, my friend Kirsty texted to ask where we were. Joe wanted to go in the arcade so I sent him off while I went to get our luggage from Bell Services, and met my parents in the lobby. As we sat talking about our mornings, Kirsty appeared to say goodbye. They were having an afternoon break, and as they walked through she thought she recognised my mum and dad, but was too shy to say hello in case it wasn’t them! It cheered me up to have a good chat with her before we left.
The Magical Express turned up dead on 4.10, and we were off! It did make it slightly easier to leave when it was raining again!
We stopped at Fort Wilderness to pick up there, which I wasn’t expecting. Security at the airport was mental, and it was 6.35 by the time we got through - we were meant to be boarding at 7.10, but just then Joe checked the flight on his phone and it was delayed by 40 mins so we had a bit more time to get drinks and snacks for the journey.
This time Joe sat by the window because he didn’t like sitting next to a stranger on the journey over. We saw a spectacular sunset peeking out from a gap in thick black clouds - unfortunately since Joe was by the window, he took the photo which is less than spectacular!!
Dinner was salad, followed by pulled pork, mash and beans. Joe left his mash and I left my beans - fussy eaters Dessert was a key lime cake. Joe had his first and said it was the best thing he had ever eaten. It must have been better than mine then, it was dry and flavourless. I watched Fantastic Beasts - the Crimes of Grindelwald, which was quite good. Then I watched something I didn’t particularly care about - a comedy? - because I thought I might fall asleep. I didn’t, I watched it all, and it was actually pretty good, but I’ve no idea what it was And we landed around 9am.
And that’s all folks! I can’t believe I’ve reached the end!!