October 2018 D-Cot Meet 10/12-10/21/18 – day 2
- November 30, 2018 at 5:34 pm #96107
Let me just start by saying it was a beautiful morning! Hurricane Michael had cleared the atmosphere and it wasn’t the humid that we would get later. Kelly and Cammie got to Studios just before we did and got a spot right at the front of one of the touchpoints, with us arriving just after them and just before 8:00 am. It was so good to see them again! Huge hugs with Kelly ensued but Cammie didn’t remember us from last year so she was wondering who this strange guy was hugging her mom! It didn’t take long for her to warm up to us though. Fortunately we didn’t have a long wait before they let us to the “rope”, or rather line in the pavement on Hollywood Blvd at 8:20. We were right at the front of that. They led us all, yep all, I think five people may have went down Sunset!, back to Toy Story Land at 8:45. I wanted to make sure Kelly and Cammie stayed in front of us so we didn’t lose track of that little girl. She did great keeping up! We were still right near the front by the time we got back there for Slinky Dog! It wasn’t nearly as bad as the Running of the Dwarfs but I felt it was worse than the Banshee Stampede, probably because of how far back it is and the number of turns. We were on Slinky Dog before 9:00! We were near the front, rows two and three. Oh my gosh, such a fun ride! I love the “boing” sounds and the double launch! I can’t wait to ride it again already! As a bit of a thrill ride junkie this was so much fun for me, I laughed and whooped the whole time! I was so proud of Kathy too, she only screamed a couple times I think, and she said she’d ride again! It is so smooth! From there we all went right over to Alien Swirling Saucers and rode with very minimal wait. It is a very fun ride, just like Towmater’s Junkyard Jamboree, we just found it a little short. We found Toy Story Land to be very well done and loved all the touches and ways they make it look like Andy’s backyard!
We left Toy Story Land and Cammie and Kathy found a spot to relax while Kelly and I rode Tower of Terror. Oh my gosh, Kelly is such a fun person to ride with! We had an absolutely fantastic ride with lots of random drops! Up and down and up part way and hold and down again, over an over! The last one really held the weightlessness and Kelly’s sunglasses actually flew up and hit her in the mouth! It was time for Kathy and me to use our Toy Story Mania FP before it expired so we took our leave of Kelly and Cammie and went to do that. I scored best in car with 170,600! Kathy got a very good score of 112,900. I love the new exit, and we even met up with a photopass photographer there. We met up with Kelly and Cammie for all of us to use our Star Tours FP. While waiting to board Kelly was able to score a FP for me to match her Rock-n-Roller Coaster FP for 11:15! Woohoo! She had been trying all morning, and even before that! I was going to be able to complete all 6 rides at Studios in a morning! Back to Star Tours, when they put us in a row, which was about midway in the vehicle, Kelly and Cammie were at the end, first to go in. While waiting I had an idea that I hoped would work. I had them switch with us, with Cammie going in last of us four, Kathy on the end, me, Kelly, and Cammie. I had hopes of her being chosen as the Rebel Spy. Well it worked! Cammie was the Rebel Spy! It was so cool! Now both of us are rebel spies! We had a bit of time before our window for RnRC opened so we walked over and I used our Disney Visa for all of us to meet Kylo Ren. Kelly didn’t even know that Visa meet existed in the Star Wars Launch Bay! Not many others do either it seems because it’s never crowded or a wait. Cammie was a bit scared so she hung back and when Kylo gets all up in your face, I think Kelly was a little bit scared too! It’s such a fun meet and Kylo has always been very much in character! Kelly and I then left Cammie and Kathy to go used our FP for RnRC. We got a photopass together just entering the courtyard. The lines were pretty backed up, even FP so we played Heads Up Disney on Kelly’s phone for a bit. Such a fun game! We laughed and had a good time! Then Cammie started texting me from Kathy’s phone! Oh my gosh we both laughed at her texts so much! We finally got to our limo and had just a great ride! Kelly is so much fun to ride these with! She was giggling the whole time I think! We met up with Kathy and Cammie at the exit and then walked them as far as Hollywood Blvd where we split, them to lunch at Sci-Fi and us to the buses to go back to Pop. We saw a Pop bus pulling out through the stops so we caught a bus to AoA that was at the stop. This is where a tip learned from our kids the previous month started to pay off. They had experienced some delays with Pop buses and had started to take AoA buses when available. It worked great! I think we probably did that at least three or maybe four times throughout our trip, and where our room was in Pop, it worked great for us! We would fill our mug at AoA drink stations and it was a quick walk past the pool to the bridge and a quick left to our room. I think we saved quite a bit of time doing that! So pro tip for anyone staying at Pop. Or AoA for that matter. If you can, take the first bus for either resort, especially if one is already at the stop! We had a delicious lunch of pot roast, splitting one adult and one kids, for about 2/3 of an adult meal each. Perfect amount of food and lunch for 2 for $20! Kathy jumped in the shower to freshen up for the meet. While back at home I scored a FP for Soarin for 8:30 – 9:30! I texted Heather and she was able to get one for her and Ryan starting at 8:20! Team Pooh Tigger so totally rocks!
Once Kathy was ready I plugged in the lights so they would be lit for the evening and when we got home and we took the bus to DS where we shopped a bit with a purpose of finding some gifts, which we did. Then it was time for the D-Cot meet! We had a great time with everybody! It was so awesome to meet more D-Cotters! I think there were probably about 10 of us there. We played the trivia game that I had made for the meet, which Heather won! We took some pictures and chatted for quite a bit, longer than I even expected! Since the four of us wanted to get to Epcot we quickly finished shopping with Heather and Ryan and caught the boat to POFQ. By strange, wonderful happenstance Stephen texted Heather and me that they were boarding a boat at OKW for DS! We were able to wave to him from our boat as we passed! That was such an unexpected and great surprise! Such a relaxing boat ride, especially in the evening right around sunset! We got back to their resort and Kathy got her knees taped and checked by Dr. Ryan. Thank you Ryan! They worked great! We filled the mugs and headed for Epcot. We could tell it was Saturday night during Food & Wine! Although the food booths weren’t backed up too badly, there were for sure quite a number of people there! We enjoyed some samplings of food, Kathy and I loving the chicken from Thailand and we all really liked the pasta with ham and cheese from Germany! So good! We then made our way up to use our FP for Soarin’. After flying around the world we were all tired and ready to call it a night! We headed out and said goodnight to Heather and Ryan at the buses for the second time in two days. I liked this habit this was becoming! We were able to catch a bus pretty quickly and were home by 10:15. The lights looked great when we got back! A very fun day, but boy were we tired!
Wheel spin: 10November 30, 2018 at 6:33 pm #96113
What a fantastic morning you guys had at HS! I can’t believe you were able to ride all the rides by that early in the day! Great job!! We love Slinky so much! I can’t wait to ride it again in April, hopefully a couple of times! And how awesome that Cammie got to be the Rebel Spy!! One day I will be chosen!! It’s never happened in all my times on Star Tours! I think Ryan may have gotten it once. We will definitely use that tip on buses! We did do that the last time we stayed at POP. It was our departure day and we had waited a while for a POP bus. An AoA bus pulled up and we hopped on! We used it as an opportunity to walk AoA too! So we will keep that in mind. I was surprised how long we stayed at the meet up as well! Though after the fact Ryan said he should have just gone to the running store while we were chatting so we could have used our time better after we were done. But I told him it worked out fine because the 3 of us sat a bit and had a few candies while we waited. I absolutely loved that perfect timing to see and wave at Stephen! My heart was full!November 30, 2018 at 6:45 pm #96115
Oh my goodness could you be turning Kathy into a roller coaster lover? Atleast she tries them I bet the meet was a tin of fun! Maybe next time !November 30, 2018 at 11:12 pm #96143
Heather, I know right?! I can’t believe I was able to get the rides in! Having Kelly and her FP’s helped a ton! I really hope we can ride Slinky with you! I want to pull that off so bad if we can! I can’t wait to ride it again! We have to get you to be the rebel spy! We’ll work on that. I see Ryan’s point but it really did work out fine. It was really nice to just sit and chat the three of us. We’re so busy that we don’t have a lot of time to do that on the trips. I enjoy those times a lot!
Stacey, I don’t think she’ll ever be a coaster lover but I do love that she’s stepping out of her comfort zone more, and enjoying it! Wait until you see the rest of the trip, she really went outside her comfort zone!December 1, 2018 at 2:50 pm #96191
You guys rocked out that HS morning for sure! I’m glad Kelly could help! Yes, we’ve got to try to ride Slinky together for sure! I would be the awesomest and bestest rebel spy ever!!!! It did work out fine in the end with him going to the run store. But his thinking is that is would have allowed us to not feel so rushed going through DS. It feels like we ran through it so fast! It was nice to just sit and hang out for sure!December 1, 2018 at 4:26 pm #96193
It did, he’s right. But anytime spent with you two is good time in our book!
You would totally be the awesomest and bestest rebel spy ever! But until we get it for you, I currently hold that title! With Cammie being the cutest!December 13, 2018 at 9:30 pm #97183
Wow, you really knocked the Studios in the bag! All the rides and with Kelly! Great job!
I’m glad you loved Slinky! It is such an awesome ride!
Oh my gosh @eeyorepoohfan, we’re Twinsies yet again! I’ve never been the Rebel Spy, despite numerous attempts! Emelia has gotten it twice and Britani got it once. They don’t even want it!
I don’t blame Cammie! It takes guts to face Kylo!
What a great tip on the AoA bus! I never would’ve thought of that!
It was so awesome seeing you on the boat!!!! I can’t believe the timing, it was so perfect! A blessing from God!
I’m sorry Food and Wine was crowded!
And I’m just now noticing your spin count at the bottom!!! I love that!December 13, 2018 at 9:41 pm #97189
The boat sighting was totally awesome! We pretty much expected Epcot to be packed on a Saturday during F&W. Thanks, I don’t know what made me think to put my spin total in there, but I’m glad I did!December 17, 2018 at 4:06 pm #97383
Way to go, Kathy, riding Slinky!!! Space Mountain will happen eventually, I just know it!! And the fact that you and Heather got to see Stephen, even from afar, just makes my heart smile! What an awesome day! Again!!December 17, 2018 at 4:40 pm #97389
You get her on Space and I’ll have to buy you all the you can eat!
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