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  • FantasticDuck's First WDW Duck Hunting Trip Report! (September 15-21)

    We left Ohio around 8pm Friday September 14. Of course we were off to a late start as I got out of work late and had to finish packing when I got home. But it's all good as we were going to DISNEY WORLD!!!! I hadn't been in 10 years, with the exception of a quick trip to Animal Kingdom in 2003, and it was my sweetie's first trip that he can remember (his parents took him when he was a baby). I was SO excited!

    We stopped around 1am in Tenessee and took off the next morning at 11am. We weren't in too much of a hurry as we weren't going to hit the parks until Sunday, so we took our time. We both collect toys (Donald Duck for me and Transformers for him) so we hit a few Walmarts on the way down. We were looking for the Sega UFO Claw Machines that held the Disney prizes so I could add to my Duckie collection. We finally got to the Walt Disney World sign at about 11:30pm Saturday night (pardon the bad picture, I had jumped to get my camera and took a quick pic):




    We checked in to All Star Movie Resort and got our "Keys to the World" and headed to our 1st room! (They didn't have a king-sized bed so we'd be switching rooms on Tuesday).

    Yeay! Mickey Head to greet us when we walked in:




    Our room:





    And of course no vacation would be complete without my sweetie trying to make it as cold as possible in the room. Most hotels have the vents blowing out over the bed, for some reason this hotel had the vents blowing into the side of the TV. This is what he had the room temp set at, but I don't think it ever felt below 72 or so in there:



    Up next: Magic Kingdom!!!
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    Re: FantasticDuck's First WDW Duck Hunting Trip Report! (September 15-21)

    O, and we have identical cameras and kept getting them confused so these pictures are a combination from both of our cameras. Together we took almost 900 pictures!
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      Re: FantasticDuck's First WDW Duck Hunting Trip Report! (September 15-21)

      OHhh can't wait to see all the photos. I will be staying at POP century resort come Halloween and it makes me happy that there are still some magical "towel" moments to be experienced at the value resort hotels.

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        Re: FantasticDuck's First WDW Duck Hunting Trip Report! (September 15-21)

        Fabulous start! I look forward to the next update and hoping there might be some duck pics.

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          Re: FantasticDuck's First WDW Duck Hunting Trip Report! (September 15-21)

          Yay! Can't wait to see more! I too have experienced AC trouble at All Star Movies, I wonder if others have the same issue? We like it cold but ours wasn't even working!

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            Re: FantasticDuck's First WDW Duck Hunting Trip Report! (September 15-21)

            Great report so far! Thanks.

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              Re: FantasticDuck's First WDW Duck Hunting Trip Report! (September 15-21)

              Originally posted by DonDuck View Post
              Fabulous start! I look forward to the next update and hoping there might be some duck pics.
              Trust me, there are a TON of Duck pictures! It's mainly all I took! I called it the "duck hunting" trip report because when we go out to look for Donald/Daisy/Scrooge/nephew stuff we call it "duck hunting".

              We have some of the normal shots, but then took the approach that the duckie stuff we see down there we won't be able to see at home and took a bunch of pictures of the "hidden" Donald stuff (I don't know if it was considered hidden or not, but I squealed like a little kid everytime I saw something duckie ).

              I'll post day 2 tonight when I get home from work!!
              Last edited by FantasticDuck; 09-26-2007, 07:31 AM. Reason: I can't spell!
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                Re: FantasticDuck's First WDW Duck Hunting Trip Report! (September 15-21)

                Awe-sum!

                Originally posted by FantasticDuck View Post
                Trust me, there are a TON of Duck pictures! It's mainly all I took! I called it the "duck hunting" trip report because when we go out to look for Donald/Daisy/Scrooge/nephew stuff we call it "duck hunting".

                We have some of the normal shots, but then took the approach that the duckie stuff we see down there we won't be able to see at home and took a bunch of pictures of the "hidden" Donald stuff (I don't know if it was considered hidden or not, but I squealed like a little kid everytime I saw something duckie ).

                I'll post day 2 tonight when I get home from work!!

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                  Re: FantasticDuck's First WDW Duck Hunting Trip Report! (September 15-21)

                  moar plz

                  My Maleficent tattoo


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                    Re: FantasticDuck's First WDW Duck Hunting Trip Report! (September 15-21)

                    Why can't I see the pics?
                    Good morning, son
                    In twenty years from now
                    Maybe we'll both sit down and have a few beers
                    And I can tell you 'bout today
                    And how I picked you up and everything changed
                    It was pain
                    Sunny days and rain
                    I knew you'd feel the same things...


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                      Re: FantasticDuck's First WDW Duck Hunting Trip Report! (September 15-21)

                      Day 2: Magic Kingdom!!

                      So we slept in a bit and headed off to the Magic Kingdom at about 9:15am the next morning. I knew my sweetie was geting into it when we were sitting on the bus and he pointed out this cloud that seems to resemble the fantastic duckie:



                      But yeay! We were finally at our destination! We scanned our tickets and walked in. We were on our way to get my birthday button and his first timers button and look who we ran into!

                      Ms. Daisy herself:


                      Then we drifted through the shops. We wound up in the pin shop and made the mistake of picking up a couple of pins. We wound up bringing home 2 more lanyards and almost 50 pins! Then it was out to Main Street and a few shots of Cinderella's pretty home:






                      After Main Street we wandered over to Tomorrowland and I took him on Space Mountain. We walked right on the ride! And have they cahnged this ride? It seemed a lot more exciting then I remembered! We lost my autograph book on this ride (it fell out of the bag). Luckily I had written my name and our resort name in it while waiting for Daisy to sign it (I had actually done that so i could add it to my others). We got a message the next morning that they had found it and it was being held at the Lost and Found at the Kennel and we could go get it! I was highly impressed! I had just chalked it up as lost. Wow!

                      After Space Mountain it was time for some lunch. We opted for Cosmic Rays as it was close by.



                      I had opted us up for the free Dining Plan when I scheduled our trip. I have never used the Dining Plan before and WOW! that's a TON of food! I had explained it to my sweetie and he told me he was telling people at work about it and thought that what he was saying didn't sound right. He was VERY impressed with the Dining Plan and even more impressed it was free! :lol: We wrote down on our receipts how much each meal would have cost us to see what we were saving.


                      After lunch we headed to:



                      Donald's Boat was closed (BOO!!!), so I had to make due finding duckies in Minnie's & Mickey's houses.

                      Minnies House:






                      I found Mickey's bedroom to be hysterical:



                      And some hidden duckies from Mickey's house:























                      Then it was over to Mickey's Philharmagic. This show was AMAZING! Wow! I LOVED IT!






                      After this we took the Monorail to the Polynesian for dinner at Ohana. YUM! Dinner here was FANTASTIC!

                      My sweetie with the sign:



                      The chef here was FANTASTIC! He came out and talked to my about my weird food allergies (blue food dye, ginger and caramel) and told me the only thing i couldnt have was the pork and they served dessert with the caramel on the side so he could try it. I wasn't even offered the pork and the waiter made sure that he held that skewer in a different hand (he didn't have to go that far, but he did!). I was amazed. The potatoes were SO YUMMY! Everything was! The steak and pork were my faves.

                      The food:


                      The dessert:


                      During dinner it started POURING the rain (go figure, it is Florida!). But by the time we got back to our resort this is what greeted us:

                      A Double rainbow



                      And then to my delight I find out that our resort shop is:



                      With these little guys inside:




                      Up next: Day 3 with Animal Kingdom (and Donald's Breakfastosaurus) and Downtown Disney!
                      Last edited by FantasticDuck; 09-26-2007, 05:42 PM. Reason: added double pic
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                        Re: FantasticDuck's First WDW Duck Hunting Trip Report! (September 15-21)

                        Originally posted by NeverNeverland View Post
                        Why can't I see the pics?
                        I'm not sure. I just added a bunch more. Masybe because I was working on it??
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                          Re: FantasticDuck's First WDW Duck Hunting Trip Report! (September 15-21)

                          Originally posted by FantasticDuck View Post
                          I'm not sure. I just added a bunch more. Masybe because I was working on it??
                          Can't see the first post... but I can see the last ones. ) So strange!!

                          But anyway... I think looking for all the ducks is a really cute idea!

                          EDIT: I can now see the first post of pics. Crazy!!!
                          Last edited by NeverNeverland; 09-26-2007, 09:10 PM.
                          Good morning, son
                          In twenty years from now
                          Maybe we'll both sit down and have a few beers
                          And I can tell you 'bout today
                          And how I picked you up and everything changed
                          It was pain
                          Sunny days and rain
                          I knew you'd feel the same things...


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                            Re: FantasticDuck's First WDW Duck Hunting Trip Report! (September 15-21)

                            Sweeeeeeeeet, ducks galore AND food shots! Looking forward to more.

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                              Re: FantasticDuck's First WDW Duck Hunting Trip Report! (September 15-21)

                              Was that cloud photoshopped - it really does look like Donald?!? Neat picture!

                              Really enjoying your TR...now that it's past midnight, only 9 days until my trip (woo hoo!), and it's really getting me excited .

                              The Toontown pics are great...I can't remember the last time I went through the houses - great job!
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                                Re: FantasticDuck's First WDW Duck Hunting Trip Report! (September 15-21)

                                Originally posted by Sabres2006 View Post
                                Was that cloud photoshopped - it really does look like Donald?!? Neat picture!

                                Really enjoying your TR...now that it's past midnight, only 9 days until my trip (woo hoo!), and it's really getting me excited .

                                The Toontown pics are great...I can't remember the last time I went through the houses - great job!
                                Nope! No photoshop! I still have the originals on the camera too.

                                I thought maybe it was a plane doing it or soemthing as we'd seen a plane drawing a smiley face when we walked out of our room that morning. I just stared in awe at it while my boyfriend took pictures.
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                                  Re: FantasticDuck's First WDW Duck Hunting Trip Report! (September 15-21)

                                  Day 3: Animal Kingdom, Boardwalk & Downtown Disney!!!

                                  On Monday we were up bright and early at 6:15am. We had 8:10am reservations with Donald Duck at Donald's Breakfastsarous in Animal Kingdom.

                                  We hopped on the bus and arrived there at 8am. My sweetie was wearing one of his transformers shirts and as we walked through the gates one of the CM's that was greeting people shouted to him "And you sir: Transform and roll out!" I thought it was rather neat that he was greeted like that and we laughed about it.





                                  We got there and they checked us in. While we were waiting for them to seat us we had them take our picture:

                                  Aw! So cute!



                                  I didn't take any pictures of the breakfast food. There was fresh fruit, donuts, bacon, eggs, sausage gravy and biscuits, choclate chip pancakes (which were fantastic!), bagles, sausage, breakfast pizza, scrambled eggs, cereal...all kinds of stuff. And I thought the food was really good (I'd heard mixed reviews).

                                  Here are some shots of the set up behind the buffet:





                                  Character time!!!









                                  After breakfast and the character shots we wandered through a couple shops before heading back to the Tree of Life so we could get our photo taken on the photopass.



                                  Then we went to see It's Tough to Be a Bug. So cute! After this we wandered around trying to find Everest.





                                  We only waited about 15-20 minutes in line for Everest. We both LOVED it! What fun! After this we went back to the front and picked up my packages I had purchased and headed back to the hotel.

                                  When we got to the room we could hear the TV on through the door. We hadn't turned it on that morning. When we opened the door we were greeted by this:



                                  I cracked up! The big Donald had the TV remote and they were all looking at a map of Animal Kingdom!

                                  We changed and headed back to the front desk to see if they had our room with the king-sized bed open yet. We wandered into our arcade after checking at the front desk and saw they had some of the Disney Sega prizes there! I was so excited as there were 3 hanging up that I needed for my collection! We had reservations at the Boardwalk so we decided to come back the next afternoon.

                                  Since we were driving to the Boardwalk we stopped by the All Star Sports and All Star Music resort shops to see what they had as well. We found these guys at the All Star Sports Store:




                                  Then we were off to the Big River Grille for Dinner.



                                  Now, the food here was really good. BUT the waiter we had really was NOT into his job! He wasn't very friendly or very quick for how slow the restaurant was.

                                  Our appetizers (cheese soup and chicken quesidia):



                                  Salmon, fresh veggies and mashed potatoes:


                                  Chicken Alfredo:


                                  We were so full we got our dessert to go. We got a piece of the choclate cake and a slice of the cheesecake. Then we walked around the Boardwalk, which was kinda dead. The only interesting thing was a company appeared to be having some kind of race, so there were a bunch of groups running around carrying inflatable sharks.
                                  This was outside the candy store on the Boardwalk:



                                  Then we drove over to Downtown Disney. The first store we went into was the Virgin Megastore and found Transformers on one of the TVs:



                                  We wandered down to the Marketplace side and into the toy store there. I found a talking Donald and a Donald book and when I caught up to him he was standing in front of this display:



                                  I got a kick out of this as he managed to find his toys at Disney World!

                                  After that we went over to the pin trading store and bought some more pins. Then we had our picture taken with the Donald and Daisy pin trading statue.


                                  Some random duck shots







                                  The giant wall of Lego people:


                                  And finally the World of Disney Store!! I LOVE this store!


                                  I found this sweatshirt in the men's department and the guy at the info desk called all around asking if other locations had it in my size. The one in this picture was a 2x in men's and I could have fit 3 of me in it! But I'm adding the picture cause it was another Duck shot




                                  Up next: EPCOT!!
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                                  D23 Charter Member - 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

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                                    Re: FantasticDuck's First WDW Duck Hunting Trip Report! (September 15-21)

                                    Nice! Keep it coming! I never realized how much Donald stuff there really was out there! :lol:

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                                      Re: FantasticDuck's First WDW Duck Hunting Trip Report! (September 15-21)

                                      Originally posted by SummerInFL View Post
                                      Nice! Keep it coming! I never realized how much Donald stuff there really was out there! :lol:
                                      Trust me, if it has Donald on it I'll manage to find it! Soon as I finish with the shelves for my "duckie" room I'll post pictures of that as well!
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                                        Re: FantasticDuck's First WDW Duck Hunting Trip Report! (September 15-21)

                                        Originally posted by FantasticDuck View Post
                                        Trust me, if it has Donald on it I'll manage to find it! Soon as I finish with the shelves for my "duckie" room I'll post pictures of that as well!
                                        Very cool!

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