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    Groaning, I woke up bright and early for the Intercot breakfast meet and wondered who's idea it was to meet for breakfast. :P PopPhan was nice enough to not rub it in my face that I did it to myself. DS and DDIL were starting on a 3 park whirlwind day, since DDIL had to fly back to Phoenix in the morning due to work.
    I was on my merry way to the Polynesian when I get an urgent summons to DHS. Something was wrong with DS' ticket (which I just bought the night before), and I had to be there to straighten it out. Interestingly enough, this had happened with his ticket during our trip earlier this month. I am wondering if it has to do with me buying it and assigning it to him through the app. "No worries," I thought. I still had an hour before the meet. I got the ticket straightened out and headed out to the bus stop.
    With all the construction, the bus stop is in a different place, out in the middle of nowhere. 30 mins later, still no Polynesian bus and no cast members to ask. People were lining up behind me and in other resort lines. They had been at the extra magic hours at Toy Storyland and were leaving now. Still no bus. I was seriously thinking about taking a taxi, but no one knew where the taxis were with all the construction. Finally, a bus pulled up, and we all gratefully piled on. Then the bus driver tells us that service from the park back to the resort doesn't start until 11 am. A supervisor happened to see people lined up for the buses and called to get buses. I think this is a stupid idea. 1.) You market these extra hours in Toy Storyland. When people are done with them, they should have a way to get back to their resort when the time is up. 2.) If you're gonna go with this stupid idea, at least post it so that people know and let them know an alternative way to get to where they are going. 3) Have a cast member in an easily accessible place to get info from.

    I finally made it to the Polynesian and met some great Intercotees. I really liked hearing everyone's stories about their first trip to Disney World. So many of us thought "this will be our once in a lifetime trip" on that first trip. Now we're all hooked.

    I asked PopPhan where to get the annual passholder cutting board at Epcot. He told me it was inside the gold domed building next to Mission Space. There's a gold domed building next to Mission Space? All I could think of was Universe of Energy. He said it was between Mission Space and Universe of Energy.

    After breakfast, the kids had left DHS and were at Epcot. Initially I went to the bus stop to meet them at Epcot. After sitting there for a few minutes, I noticed a board with bus times on it. It said I had to take the monorail to Epcot. Duh. So, I headed to the monorail. The first thing I did when I arrived at Epcot was go looking for the gold domed building. There it was - giant and golden. In my defense, you can't really see it on the way to Mission Space because of the trees, but I don't know how I missed it all those years I went on Universe of Energy.

    I got a return time on Test Track and headed to World Showcase to meet the kids. They had worked their way counter clockwise from the International Gateway and were in Germany. I made it to the African Outpost and had to stop to take a break. They found me there, and then we continued their circuit. I was still full from breakfast but couldn't resist sampling the Greek offerings. We got one of each and found a place to sit. It was all delicious.

    It was time to design our car. DDIL wanted to make a weird car, so we wound up with a V shaped car roof. The ride seemed pretty tamed down from when we were there with the whole family. DS mentioned something about it also.

    We left Epcot and headed to AK. DS and DDIL went to EE while I got a return time to Kilimanjaro Safaris. DDIL managed to score fastpasses for us for NRJ later in the evening. Initially, I thought I would go explore Gorilla Falls, but they closed it at 5 pm. It was 5:20. I found a bench and laid down on it. I reminded myself of that guy who was on the planning DVDs one year who supposedly checked out all the resting spots.

    We went on the safari, but the animals weren't too active. Then we headed to NRJ, stopping to get a FoP return time on the way. I was dragging by the time the park closed at 8 pm. The thought of walking to the bus stop, standing in line for a bus, transferring somewhere to get back to DHS, riding the tram to the parking lot and then driving to our room was too much for me. I hopped on the Lyft app or Uber or whatever it was. 9 mins later, we were comfortably ensconced in a car with Sean driving us to DHS. Sean was great. He had obviously been doing his job for quite a while and asked where we were parked. He dropped us off near our truck, and we could see the Star Wars fireworks going off as we left the parking lot. I was so glad to be out of there before the mass of people came pouring out of the park.
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    Ah, how quickly we forget the old Wonders Of Life pavilion....LOL

    At least it was open daily during this festival. Back in 2015, when I took my sister for Flower and Garden, it was only open on weekends...and of course, this was after our weekend had passed....

    It was great meeting you, and Genna (magicofdisney) and Marci (Disney4us2) and re-meeting Debbi (Katzateer) and her husband Floyd. Cannot for the life of me remember the names of the two younger ladies (daughters of Marci and Debbi?)

    That thing with the buses still doesn't make sense to me. These buses are pretty much on a continuous loop throughout the day -- resort(s) to park, back to resort(s)...Since TSL Morning Magic started at 8, buses should have been making the loop starting at 7am. I guess I'm just not that much of a morning person at the parks, or I might have known this.
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    Disneyland: 12/15 - Paradise Pier Hotel

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    Wow! I never heard of not providing transportation back from the park until 11 am!!

    I used to enjoy the attractions in the Wonders of Life. It's sort of sad to see it in use only during times like the Festival.

    What a long day you had - especially coming on the heels of a late night!!
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    The bus thing really didn't make sense to me either. In my head, it should be a bus arrives to drop off people at the park and picks up people to take back to the resort - just a continuous loop. I saw them dropping people off but then they would just drive right on by us standing there waiting to go back. I had assumed there just wasn't a polynesian bus that came (but there were at least 8 Caribbean Beach buses that went by us. Sadly, it became a running joke amongst all the people waiting after a while) until the bus driver told us.
    Be still and know that I am God - Psalm 46:10

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    Quote Originally Posted by PopPhan View Post
    Ah, how quickly we forget the old Wonders Of Life pavilion....LOL



    It was great meeting you, and Genna (magicofdisney) and Marci (Disney4us2) and re-meeting Debbi (Katzateer) and her husband Floyd. Cannot for the life of me remember the names of the two younger ladies (daughters of Marci and Debbi?)

    That thing with the buses still doesn't make sense to me.
    Used to spend time at Wonders of Life- fun shows!

    The meet was great. Enjoyed talking to everyone. Stephanie is our daughter. It was her 3rd Intercot meet! Michelle our other daughter was sleeping in.

    When I went to the Studios in August TSL was open at 7am. I didnít have any problems leaving to get bus back to resorts by 9am. Strange the way buses were running in October☹️

    By the way, I am disappointed in my cheese board I got with 4 visits to F&W with annual pass. The printing on it is very light and the wood has weird grain marks. I asked if I could get a different one and the lady handing them out said they were all the same. It isnít attractive enough to display. Wish I would have not bothered.
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    Sorry about the name thing....I am not the best with remembering what day it is, let alone names of people I just met. LOL After a couple meetings, I get better...
    -Bud

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    1/09 - BWV
    9/05; 2/07; 12/07; 9/08; 9/09; 9/10; 9/11; 12/13; 12/17; 4/18 - PC
    5/15 - POR

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    You do better with names than I do.
    Be still and know that I am God - Psalm 46:10

    Stops on my quest to visit all 50 states
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