The $6,688.00 Disney World Trip - It's a wrap 6/30, More Bonus Features, Canadians Invade Disney! 8/2

franandaj

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Lucky for us! :)
Well...if you say so!

big job! Lots of work!
And the house is even worse now. I don't think I could even think about having my parents visit. We will definitely go to their house for the holiday this year. I think we get Christmas. Although I'm not sure they want to travel to Seattle to see my sister's family in the current conditions.

:laughing:
In that first photo, is that ribs or chicken?
Ribs. We made them in the Instant Pot. Baby Backs.

Of course you did! One place I'd like to see, actually.
When we played in their band we used to drive out there every other week, and would end up spending several nights/weekends a year out there. We got to know the place pretty well. Its changed a bit since then, and I'm sure even more now.

I've never heard of him.
I've told you about him before. He does mainly political humor, so you might not find him so funny, although my Austrian friends think he's hilarious.

Glad you enjoyed the show. :)
He was lots if fun!

Score!
Will you use it or put it in a place of honour?
Right now its in one of my curio cabinets in the foyer.

When ya gotta shop, ya gotta shop.
:sad2:

Very interesting presentation!
Well it is Disney. I wonder how long it took them to make all those mickey shaped puff pastries.

Anything with "slider" in the title has my attention.
Me too, sort of. I wouldn't be keen on a salmon slider.

Waiting for ebay?
Pretty much. Like all the other clutter in our house.

Sounds yummy!
:lmao:
Guess I won't ask how it was!
Well we bought two. Between three of us we ate one, and it was very rich and much larger than I was expecting. It was very good, but it was like four times the size of a normal macaron.

Nice of them. And glad you could all get in the shot. :)
::yes:: I rarely take pictures of us, so its nice to have one!

I love that. Need to go there too!
Geez I miss that place.

Ohhhhh… that looks so good! How was it in comparison to others you've had?
It waa excellent. Different in that it didn't have the croutons floating on the top and the cheese wasn't gooey and stringy, but still mighty tasty. There isn't much there I've had that's not yummy.

I'm drooling!
:P

was going to ask, but...
Yeah, I kept trying to be a fan, everyone else seems to love them, but I finally realized that I just don't.

Charred I see. I always steam mine, but maybe should do that.
I was roasting mine for a period, but Fran objected so I'm back to strictly steaming them.

But... he wasn't there? :confused3
I think they have standing orders for protocol with certain people. I'm pretty sure that they keep a dossier of some folks.

Okay, that answers my question. I'm not sure if I've had more than just a tiny bit of truffle. I think I might try it, but... will temper my expectations.
Good luck. Then again you guys probably have more places that are open up there.

Wow, that sounds good...
::yes::

...as does that. I'd be hard pressed not to order both!
Except I was so full, I really had to work to finish it.
 
  • pkondz

    . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky
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    And the house is even worse now.
    Uh, oh! Why?
    We will definitely go to their house for the holiday this year. I think we get Christmas. Although I'm not sure they want to travel to Seattle to see my sister's family in the current conditions.
    Yeah... I'm not exactly keen on traveling... well... anywhere, right now.
    Ribs. We made them in the Instant Pot. Baby Backs.
    I've done that! DW is not a fan of ribs so I very rarely make them.
    I've told you about him before. He does mainly political humor, so you might not find him so funny, although my Austrian friends think he's hilarious.
    Oh, right!! :sad2: I forgot. And I still haven't seen any of his stuff. Keep forgetting.
    Well it is Disney. I wonder how long it took them to make all those mickey shaped puff pastries.
    Yes, and... good question.
    Me too, sort of. I wouldn't be keen on a salmon slider.
    Hmmm... I might be. Depends on how it's cooked and what else is on it.
    It was very good, but it was like four times the size of a normal macaron.
    Too much of a good thing?
    ::yes:: I rarely take pictures of us, so its nice to have one!
    :)
    It waa excellent. Different in that it didn't have the croutons floating on the top and the cheese wasn't gooey and stringy, but still mighty tasty. There isn't much there I've had that's not yummy.
    mmmmmm… want.
    I was roasting mine for a period, but Fran objected so I'm back to strictly steaming them.
    Roasting. Interesting. Never thought of doing them that way.
    I think they have standing orders for protocol with certain people. I'm pretty sure that they keep a dossier of some folks.
    Wouldn't be surprised.
    Good luck. Then again you guys probably have more places that are open up there.
    Possibly? I don't know. Restaurants are allowed to be open at 50% capacity I think.
     

    franandaj

    I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!
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    Those desserts look divine! I’m with you..I recently decided that truffle really isn’t my thing!
    I think wonderful desserts is something I really miss. I've been making dessert almost every night as kind of a reward for making it through the day (again). But mine are mostly simple, brownies, rice krispy treats, cookies, boxed cake mixes....
     

    franandaj

    I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!
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    They bring Disney joy to us too, thank you :)
    And I figured out a way to continue TRs even if I don't get back to Disney this year. I guess they won't be TRs, but they'll be Disney entertaining!

    MMM this looks soon good! Is that chili by the ribs?
    No, baked beans. Chili would be its own meal.

    I saw this and was like ahhhh...too fun!
    Have you seen his videos?

    Yummy! We meant to try this, but never did
    It was very good!

    MMM mickey shaped food! :drooling:
    :thumbsup2

    I think I would polish off both of these too
    I wasn't a fan of the turkey, but liked the other one.

    Been there done that..nothing like finding leftovers months later..
    At least we haven't had that problem since then.

    Yum! this is a good one!
    ::yes::

    Nice pic, your dad looks so content!
    He's a pretty chill dude.

    I know we got this one, but I don't remember the orange stuff on top, but maybe D had drank that part..
    It was a little weird the time that I got it.

    That's a long haul, especially coming from DCA already
    It is. We actually picked up the car at the Grand and drove to the DLH. We had a bottle of wine in the car that we couldn't take in the parks.

    It looks like a very classy, debonair sort of place.
    It is!

    D and I both love old Walt pics :) you got some nice pics of the pics
    Actually I stole those from other people that I've been there with. :rolleyes1

    That looks spot on, especially the cheesy top bit!
    So yummy......

    I could go for that steak right now and it's not even 9 am...
    Steak is good at any time of day!

    And this- I love halibut too
    I do too, I just wish it wasn't so expensive.

    They look pretty tasty, I do like things in a doughnut form tho.
    Usually anything fried is pretty good on my list.

    This is how I feel about mangos/most mango flavoured stuff..taste like what I imagine dirt to taste like...
    Huh, interesting that mangoes have that effect on you.

    :lovestruc
    MMmm MMmm MMmm! that sounds great- the bourbon, the vanilla and salt- sounds devine!!
    When the guy at 1901 told me about it, I knew that I had to have it!
     

    franandaj

    I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!
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    Sounds legit to me.
    I'm hoping we'll hear some more stories from you. Your family has interesting adventures that are fun to read about.

    No idea who that is. I know you're shocked.
    Well, in your defense you are not a theater geek, or active in the LGBTQ community which is mostly his base.

    Should I be shocked by this?
    I dont think anyone is.

    Mmmm...steak.
    :thumbsup2

    Gee...thanks, Marcel. Don't do me any more favors, ok?
    :lmao: :rotfl2: :rotfl:

    It's fun to dream, isn't it?
    I used to tell Fran that I didn't want take out or drive through, I wanted to go to a place where someone brought me my food on a plate, put it down in front of me, and took it away when I was done. They did all the dishes. That hasn't happened for 149 days.

    The closest I've gotten to that is when my food comes in paper wrappers and I just have to throw it away when it's empty.

    This sounds like something I would say! :lmao:
    I thought of you when I was writing this.
     

    franandaj

    I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!
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    I didn't see that, and I wish I could read it, but since every newspaper out there wants me to plunk down $30 to be able to read their stories every year, I can't access it. I got as far as reading the title (which was pretty funny) before they blocked me and tried to get me to subscribe.
     

    franandaj

    I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!
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    Uh, oh! Why?
    Ever since this pandemic started she has really stepped up her eBay game. We've been selling like crazy, but our house was already full of boxes of stuff to sell and then she started bringing back more boxes from storage. While a ton of stuff is selling, there's probably more that either doesn't get listed. The clutter factor is nearly unbearable, but I can't do anything about it cause she's never awake long enough to work with me on it. Many years ago I got in trouble for putting "her stuff" away, so now I don't touch it until she tells me where she wants it.

    Yeah... I'm not exactly keen on traveling... well... anywhere, right now.
    I'm considering going to my parents at Christmastime, but my Mom has already warned me that we wouldn't go anywhere, but at least it would be a change of scenery.

    I've done that! DW is not a fan of ribs so I very rarely make them.
    Fran is a fan of Beef Ribs, not the baby backs. I save them from all the Prime Ribs that I cook and eventually serve them up for dinner every so often. I have them on the schedule for Mid August, with some corn and baked beans.

    Oh, right!! :sad2: I forgot. And I still haven't seen any of his stuff. Keep forgetting.
    Fran shows me the new videos as soon as they come out, she subscribes to his YouTube channel, and then she posts them on FB.

    Too much of a good thing?
    Yeah, pretty much. It was pretty rich.

    mmmmmm… want.
    Now I need to put onion soup on the rotation.....I've got so many things planned, I have it through Mid August and in the margin, I'm writing all the things I've thought of that I want to put on the next incarnation of the dinner planning list.

    Roasting. Interesting. Never thought of doing them that way.
    I went through a little roasting phase, where I tried almost everything but spinach, green beans or broccoli. I think the one that came out the best was zucchini chunks, quartered tomatoes, and red onions. That was a nice flavor profile.

    Wouldn't be surprised.
    I know that the Cruise Line keeps one.

    Possibly? I don't know. Restaurants are allowed to be open at 50% capacity I think.
    Ours are restricted to outdoor dining only. They are all building patios and such where the street parking used to be. Some of the areas of the city are now surreal, as if we are turning into Paris! :laughing:
     

    franandaj

    I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!
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    Our next scheduled day at the park was just a few days after my parents left to go back home. This wasn’t going to be a big fun park day, but they were releasing a new mug at Trader Sam’s so of course we went out there to pick one up!



    This was our only Disney excitement for the day. We sure would have liked to stick around and enjoy some beverages and appetizers at Trader Sam's, but unfortunately we had to remain sober that day. Our band got suckered into rounding out the ranks of another band in the area, and their rehearsals were on Wednesday nights. The concert was on the following Sunday so we really didn't have a lot of choice. We kinda needed to be there. But that was just the beginning of our Disney fun for the week. The remainder of the plans had been in place for many months.

    That afternoon, I got a text from Allyson who was flying in this evening. She and her DH had planned on taking their daughter (whom they share custody with the birth mother) down to DL to see the Star Wars stuff and have an extended weekend. They live in BC about four hours out of Vancouver. The trip had been planned for several months, and they were flying on Wednesday. The birth mother of their daughter had the gal’s passport and had been dragging her feet about handing it over to them. Well come Monday, she finally admitted that she had lost the thing, so daughter and father spent Tuesday down in Vancouver filing the paperwork and such so that it would be ready Wednesday morning before their afternoon flight.

    Well they got to the passport office Wednesday morning and it seems that the entire Canadian passport system was down.

    Nationwide.

    The passport was supposed to be ready at 10AM and no one had any idea when the sysytem would be back up and running. They had until 1:30PM until it was time to leave for the airport. Allyson had to fly that evening because her niece (who lives in San Francisco) was meeting them for this trip. The girls are similar in age, and it’s always nice when your teenager has a companion their own age. So she couldn’t just leave a minor on her own for the night. The deadline hit and Allyson flew to LAX while Dorian and their daughter went back to the passport office, which was now up and running.

    The two of them were rebooked on the first flight Thursday morning, and we made all the necessary changes to our plans in the parks. I’d be meeting Allyson and her niece in the morning and Dad and Daughter would be arriving in the afternoon. They were able to stay with some friends who live near Vancouver, so that saved some extra $$’s on a hotel room that they didn’t have to pay for.

    After some more texting details, Fran offered to pick them up at the airport. We didn’t know if the bad Uber situation at LAX had been resolved and they were already missing half the day, so she said that she would be happy to get them and bring them back to Disney the next day.

    We had planned to meet up Thursday morning around 10:30, but with Fran and I we are always running late and it wasn’t until about 10 minutes to 11AM that we arrived. After getting my scooter out of the car, I helped Fran convert the van into something to carry passengers again. (The second row of seats stows into the floorboards making it very convenient.) And she was off to the airport.

    When I met up with Allyson, she told me that after all the hassles from the day before, when Dorian got to the airport to catch his replacement flight, they couldn’t find his reservation. I’m not sure how they got everything sorted out, but they did. It was yet another hassle that they didn’t need.

    We headed into Disneyland first. This update will be sort of light on pictures, I wasn’t too good about remembering to take them. Plus the PhotoPass portion of the Disneyland Website seems to be not working properly. I can’t seem to link any of my pictures. The only ones that show up are the ones I linked before the parks closed. So you'll have to take my cellphone pictures which are mostly taken for the purpose of capturing the code, rather than picture quality. Luckily Allyson got a few pictures that I was able to add to this update!

    So our first ride was the Astro Blasters. Allyson suggested this one. I’d never been on it. It was fun, I tried to take a selfie and nearly dropped my phone so I gave up, but she got a few pictures.





    Good thing because that was the last time I would be riding this ride. I nearly peed myself trying to get out of the ride vehicle. :laughing:

    Our next ride was the potty ride for sure!

    I’m not sure exactly what rides we did in the morning. I have photo evidence that we rode Space Mountain at some point.



    We may have gone on Buzz Lightyear, but I know that we stayed on the East side of the park before deciding to visit the princesses.

    Cinderella was first. Allyson and I did solo poses, and then together.









    We met up with Ariel next, when Allyson and I met with her it was nothing special, just smiles and giggles.







    But when her niece met up with Ariel, she noticed her shark’s tooth necklace.



    And from that point she couldn’t stop talking about how brave she must be to have defeated a shark! She also asked if Ella would be one of her best friends forever and that her other friends would love to meet her and how strong she looked.

    Finally we moved on to meet Snow White.







    By this point, I believe that Dorian and Maria’s plane had landed and they were going out to the curbside to look for Fran. We headed over to the Matterhorn, but I sat this one out. I’m hit or miss for that ride, and wasn’t feeling up to it that day. I think while they were on the ride, Fran called me, Dorian was trying to get in touch with Allyson. I explained that they were on the ride. Turns out Fran had stopped at their hotel, and somehow, even though Allyson had put his name on the reservation, and told the front desk he would be there to pick up a key, they were giving him a hassle. Somehow he worked it out, and was able to go up to the room to drop off their luggage. Allyson had brought me several bottles of local Ice Wine (which I still need to drink!) and he gave those to Fran to take home.

    We decided that it would be best to wait for the two of them while enjoying lunch, and everyone agreed that The Plaza Inn was the best place to do that. While they are known for their Fried Chicken, which Allyson and I split, they also have a number of entrees suitable for Pescatarians, of which there were some in our group.



    Just about the time that we started to dig into that Christmassy cake there, Dorian and Maria showed up. They got their own plate of chicken and a piece of cake. I didn’t get pictures, but between our table, we ordered one of each of the seasonal desserts and passed them around the table to try. I liked the one Allyson and I picked the best. It had kind of a minty chocolate flavor to it.

    Because Dorian is a HUGE Star Wars fan, we purposely waited until he caught up with us to go to Galaxy’s Edge or Batuu. Because I’d been there so many times by now, I didn’t take any pictures, sorry. Dorian was just beside himself. I’ve never met anyone who knows more about the SW universe than him, and everything we passed he pretty much had a comment to make about it. We went straight for MF:SR, and we got the Teal? Team.



    Dorian had to be the pilot, I don’t remember what I got, probably Engineer.



    I believe we rode it a couple of times before we decided to hop over to DCA. I’m using my photos to work out the rest of the day….

    Based on the time stamps on my photos, I’m guessing that we rode Soarin’ first since that’s one of the rides that doesn’t have a photo. I’ve got an unidentifiable photo taken at 4:15PM which looks like it could possibly be the preshow for MF:SR, the time stamp on Racers is 6:04PM, so that’s feasible. So I think we got on Racers next. I’m not sure, but I was so tired I fell asleep in the car.



    Then we rode Guardians of the Galaxy, since it’s nearby and the time stamp is 6:38PM.



    It was time to call it a day at that point, at least for the rides. So we stopped to have a drink.







    Just after 8PM, we said our goodbyes, but not before getting a shot to prove we all met up!



    I was going home, and they were going to see WoC. Little did we know that the show had started earlier due to a special private party giveaway event hosted by a local radio station. They caught the tail end of the show.


    I’ll get to the next day a little bit later.
     
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    pkondz

    . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky
    Joined
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    Ever since this pandemic started she has really stepped up her eBay game. We've been selling like crazy, but our house was already full of boxes of stuff to sell and then she started bringing back more boxes from storage. While a ton of stuff is selling, there's probably more that either doesn't get listed. The clutter factor is nearly unbearable, but I can't do anything about it cause she's never awake long enough to work with me on it. Many years ago I got in trouble for putting "her stuff" away, so now I don't touch it until she tells me where she wants it.
    Okay, I get it. Also get the "don't touch" think. Oh, how I wish my DW would learn that. <sigh>
    I'm considering going to my parents at Christmastime, but my Mom has already warned me that we wouldn't go anywhere, but at least it would be a change of scenery.
    ::yes:: That would count for a lot. Would you fly or drive?
    Fran is a fan of Beef Ribs, not the baby backs. I save them from all the Prime Ribs that I cook and eventually serve them up for dinner every so often.
    You save them from Prime Ribs>?!?!???
    OMG, I never thought of that! Then again, I rarely have prime rib.
    Fran shows me the new videos as soon as they come out, she subscribes to his YouTube channel, and then she posts them on FB.
    Shoot. Looks like Fran is not on my friend list, then. Because I've never seen that.
    Now I need to put onion soup on the rotation.....I've got so many things planned, I have it through Mid August and in the margin, I'm writing all the things I've thought of that I want to put on the next incarnation of the dinner planning list.
    I should put it on too. But... for me it's more of a cool weather item. So not for a bit. Tomorrow is chops I think and the next day will be a new stew... which is also a cool weather recipe, so don't hold me to any semblance of logic!!!
    I went through a little roasting phase, where I tried almost everything but spinach, green beans or broccoli. I think the one that came out the best was zucchini chunks, quartered tomatoes, and red onions. That was a nice flavor profile.
    That does sound good. :)
    Ours are restricted to outdoor dining only. They are all building patios and such where the street parking used to be. Some of the areas of the city are now surreal, as if we are turning into Paris! :laughing:
    :laughing:
    Well, if it works and helps save some restaurants...
    they were releasing a new mug at Trader Sam’s so of course we went out there to pick one up!
    One???
    We sure would have liked to stick around and enjoy some beverages and appetizers at Trader Sam's, but unfortunately we had to remain sober that day.
    Boring!
    <Stops reading>



    Who am I kidding. You know how much I drink!
    The trip had been planned for several months, and they were flying on Wednesday.
    <sigh>.... flying... from Canada...
    The birth mother of their daughter had the gal’s passport and had been dragging her feet about handing it over to them.
    :sad2:
    Well come Monday, she finally admitted that she had lost the thing, so daughter and father spent Tuesday down in Vancouver filing the paperwork and such so that it would be ready Wednesday morning before their afternoon flight.
    Oh, come on! That's a really crappy thing to do. Even if unintentional.
    Well they got to the passport office Wednesday morning and it seems that the entire Canadian passport system was down.

    Nationwide.
    :eek:
    The deadline hit and Allyson flew to LAX while Dorian and their daughter went back to the passport office, which was now up and running.
    :sad2:
    Fran offered to pick them up at the airport.
    You guys are really good about doing that. Didn't you pick up Kari when I was there last?
    when Dorian got to the airport to catch his replacement flight, they couldn’t find his reservation.
    Oh, come on...
    So our first ride was the Astro Blasters. Allyson suggested this one. I’d never been on it.
    Nor have I. But... it doesn't look quite as crowded as I thought it would be. Maybe I'll give it a try... more for the photos and to say I've done it.
    Good thing because that was the last time I would be riding this ride. I nearly peed myself trying to get out of the ride vehicle. :laughing:
    :lmao:
    Our next ride was the potty ride for sure!
    :laughing:
    We met up with Ariel next, when Allyson and I met with her it was nothing special, just smiles and giggles.
    That's not so bad. :)
    Did she talk about me?
    And from that point she couldn’t stop talking about how brave she must be to have defeated a shark!
    :goodvibes She must've loved that!
    We headed over to the Matterhorn, but I sat this one out.
    Should ride this one too. My neck and back are both stronger than they have been, so am willing to risk it.
    even though Allyson had put his name on the reservation, and told the front desk he would be there to pick up a key, they were giving him a hassle.
    This just keeps going and going and going and...
    Allyson had brought me several bottles of local Ice Wine
    Inniskillin?
    While they are known for their Fried Chicken,
    ::yes::
    they also have a number of entrees suitable for Pescatarians
    Good to know if I ever bring my oldest down. Which if this stupid virus ever ends, is a possibility.
    Because Dorian is a HUGE Star Wars fan, we purposely waited until he caught up with us to go to Galaxy’s Edge or Batuu.
    Oh! Yes, you have to!
    Dorian had to be the pilot,
    Definitely!
    I’m not sure, but I was so tired I fell asleep in the car.
    :) You do that from time to time.
    So we stopped to have a drink.
    And judging from the drink alone, I know just where you went. :)
    I was going home, and they were going to see WoC. Little did we know that the show had started earlier due to a special private party giveaway event hosted by a local radio station. They caught the tail end of the show.
    Well, poop.
     

    rentayenta

    DIS Veteran
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    Feb 28, 2007
    I am here for the bonus features!!!

    Oh my gaaaawwwwdddd I miss cocktails at Disney and Plaza Inn fried chicken. Can't wait until its safe to go back. Looks like a super fun day!
     

    dizneeat

    DIS Veteran
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    Apr 9, 2006
    Sorry for being absent for such a long time. I have been reading along, but didn't feel up to anything else.
    Comment on the last update: Sounds like a great day, despite the passport troubles! What a shame about WoC - that was such a treat when we saw it.
     

    missjackiemcg

    DIS Veteran
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    What a series of headaches for your poor friends!!! Glad they were all able to meet up with you in the end, and didn't even miss out on lunch :) Though I don't really care for cake, I always love checking out what Disney bakers can do with cupcakes, etc. That little Christmas cake is just as cute as could be!
     

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