ABCs of A Trip Worth Waiting For + PNWMM: P: A Practically Perfect Pacific NW Mouse Meet- pg. 26

Discussion in 'Disneyland Trip Reports' started by Steppesister, Apr 15, 2017.

  1. MAGICFOR2

    MAGICFOR2 Condimentessa

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2005
    Messages:
    10,883
    Hey Howdy Hey! Nice wrap up, even without pics. Nice you had such a great last night!

    I have big news ! We are moving back to Oregon! Jim leaves next weekend to get his HR stuff done, and he starts Oct 30. I'm going to stay and save money here until Summer. It is extremely hard to leave our family here, and I'm worried they need help, but the older kids are great helpers, and we need to take care of our house and our impending retirement. We have been in limbo for five years and it us time to settle down. We are looking forward to time with our Oregon grands also. Crazy how this all turned out, but we will come full circle. So, I may be there for the PNW meet up next year!
     
    Steppesister likes this.
  2. MeghanEmily

    MeghanEmily DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2016
    Messages:
    1,183
    If you've been following my "liking" progress over the last two days, you'll know that I finally arrived at the conclusion of this TR! It took me long enough to get over here, but I'm glad I finally made it! I had far too much to catch up on, so I saved us both the trouble of me quoting everything. But seeing your photos and hearing your stories has seriously increased my desire to see Disneyland!! In fact, as I was reading yesterday I took a break to send Nathan a message that said, "Did you know you can fly from Toronto to LAX in 5-6 hours?!" Thanks so much for sharing this! I'm really looking forward to also hearing about Seattle! How exciting!
     
    Steppesister likes this.
  3. Avatar

    Advertisement


    to hide this advert.
  4. vamassey1

    vamassey1 DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2005
    Messages:
    3,757
    Totally agree with this. No dieting on vacation especially in Disney.

    This is good.

    Yuck, this is bad.

    Love this! Tip is very important so the service better be good.

    There should always be room for ice cream.

    I really enjoyed reading this report and a big part of that was your meets. DIS peeps are the best.

    This was fabulous.

    I will be sticking around to read about the meet.
     
    Steppesister likes this.
  5. afwdwfan

    afwdwfan DIS Dad #460

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2010
    Messages:
    13,272
    Thanks... making me work to read. And it took me 4 times of starting to read this and having to leave and come back due to distractions to get through it.

    You clubbed @pkondz in the knee, didn't you? I knew it!

    I can certainly appreciate her attitude there!

    One in the same. You should know that!

    In other words, if the service didn't suck, she'd be ready to give him 50% after that.

    ::yes:: So glad you got to experience it! I'd love to just get to go inside the place sometime!

    ::yes::

    :rotfl2::rotfl::lmao:
     
    Steppesister likes this.
  6. Steppesister

    Steppesister DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2013
    Messages:
    5,490
    Sigh.... long week. I suppose ya gotta pay to play, and that means work. And a lot of it. I'm under 30 days now til my trip and that means running around like a chicken.... hmmm, remind me to tell you all about the homegrown turkey and the full axe...

    Maybe tomorrow I'll find a minute or two to get some writing done. I mean one can always hope, right??

    Hope your week's gone well and you're poised to have some nice weekend time!

    Cheers!!
     
  7. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2007
    Messages:
    17,372
    What the heck???

    Oh... wait... I've done that....


    Nevermind!

    :laughing:

    And it did!
    Not without some drama.... but it did.

    So that's why we wound up in that dump!

    ::yes::

    :lmao:

    Two things.
    You got a PM or email since I didn't have a phone that could text.
    Did I just tell you to meet her there???? I truly apologize if I did! I meant to ask if you would/could. Certainly not to order you about like a servant! I'm sorry!

    <mortified>

    Oh, dear. She didn't say anything. Did she seem intimidated?

    ::yes:: And thank you again for doing that!
    That, after the baby capybara was probably her second favourite thing of the trip.

    I don't recall her limping... huh.

    Yeah... just... no.
    :laughing: Thank goodness!

    I do remember that. Not much else, though.

    :rolleyes:

    Sometimes she's hilarious.... other times.........

    Nor can I. If I look at a menu and ask Kay... maybe.

    :rotfl:

    We did?
    I mean... sure! We absolutely did!

    (I have no idea.)

    Well, when I played sports, I wore a cup, so...

    Didn't we decide it was seeds? :confused3

    I seem to recall that it was good, too.

    Nope. She never got that high.
    I remember that because she wanted to know if I'd tipped... around 13% or so... but I tipped above 20%.

    Well, we did go... but I don't think I got anything?
    I might have, but seem to remember that it was just Kay.

    Oh, pish. We were leaving from the same spot and going to the same spot.

    :laughing:

    :hug:

    Still sad I missed that.

    I'm one up on you there!

    Yeah. Me too. :(

    I will admit... it was so crowded that I didn't really get a feel for... much of the park at all.

    :rolleyes1

    Standing by! Can't wait!

    Good luck! Don't work too hard!
     
    Steppesister likes this.
  8. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2009
    Messages:
    31,845
    Next time I'm there I'm going to pay attention to what kind of trees are shading the dining area and solve this dilemma!
     
    Steppesister likes this.
  9. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2007
    Messages:
    17,372
    She is not quite as innocent as she claims to be. Fair warning.
     
  10. Steppesister

    Steppesister DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2013
    Messages:
    5,490
    Was gettin' my best Tanya Harding on. ;)
     
  11. pkondz

    pkondz . . Dis Dad #797 . . Hoping to get lucky

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2007
    Messages:
    17,372
    :lmao:

    [​IMG]

    They obviously get along!
     
  12. Steppesister

    Steppesister DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2013
    Messages:
    5,490
    Lol!!!
     
  13. Steppesister

    Steppesister DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2013
    Messages:
    5,490
    :welcome::welcome::welcome:

    Three cheers for a new reader!! Huge welcome and a big hug to you Crashbecky!

    I had very, VERY little hope I'd ever see that camera again! The relief was overwhelming when the guy walked in with it!

    OH, so done that too. Historic Mt. Vernon bathroom, tickets at the theater (live) bathroom, you name it. Call me brainless... or, scattebrained at best.

    Thank you so much! A dream come true for sure!
     
  14. Steppesister

    Steppesister DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2013
    Messages:
    5,490
    sigh.... I was talking about the last dinner at Naples. Not the PNWMM. Sorry, that wasn't clear. :)

    Are you sure?

    Phew! I thought you were going to take all the fun out of waiting in lines.

    While not fun, I don't hate them. I do get a little pay differential and that mostly makes up for it.
     
  15. Steppesister

    Steppesister DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2013
    Messages:
    5,490
    Thanks, Mac! I'm glad to have some readers that are still here and enjoying. :) I'm hoping to get the first chapter written today!

    No toes stepped on AT ALL!! Thank you for chiming in as I had a super busy week and couldn't get here until this AM for real replies other than phone quickies.

    It was!! I think things are falling into place for that! And the last I heard, she is re-arranging her schedule to be able to join in the fun. :)

    Normally they are, but I just didn't take any photos nor take any notes, and it just didn't cement in. It was good, but not good enough to be remembered, I guess! LOL!
     
  16. Steppesister

    Steppesister DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2013
    Messages:
    5,490
    Thanks, Tammie! :)

    Well that IS big news!! Wow!

    I can imagine how hard it is to leave behind the family there, especially the grandkids, but understand the need to come back and focus on things here. We'll have to make it a point to get together this summer, and yes, the PNWMM is a nice one to do!

    I have!! LOL! You were quite diligent at it too!! And TBH, while I love that you are reading, I'm glad you didn't comment on the entire thing! I have so little time to reply right now, it would have been hard. Although, now that I"m packed for Africa AND Disney and the last supplies are done, my free time has eased up. :) I think every Disney fan should go there at least once so they can see where it all started. I love to look up at Walt's apt and see the light on and give a little hat tip myself to the guy who started it all.

    Hoping to get that part going today after I get my laundry folded! ;)
     
    MeghanEmily likes this.
  17. Steppesister

    Steppesister DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2013
    Messages:
    5,490
    Here, here!

    It was odd to have junk falling from above you when eating....

    Yes, it is! But they do have to earn it!

    I have a confession... not a big ice cream fan. I mean, I'll surely eat it if offered, but not my first go-to. Now, if it'd been creme brulee....

    So glad you enjoyed it! Lots more coming.... And yes, they are!!

    Thanks, Vanessa!! Glad to have you here! I'll start to work on the Seattle trip soon!
     
  18. Steppesister

    Steppesister DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2013
    Messages:
    5,490
    Yeah, I just suck like that.

    But, as for distractions... aren't those universal in the land of DISReading? I'm not convinced you have the monopoly on that dept.

    I was framed!!

    She was being pretty funny for sure.

    Geez, getting all scientific and technical, aren't we? Next you're going to tell me corn is a type of grass.

    Hey, I wasn't the one tipping. LOL!

    I really hope you can someday, Andy. It was very special!
     
  19. Steppesister

    Steppesister DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2013
    Messages:
    5,490
    On rare occasions, I think we have all resorted to that.

    Well, then we'll all have to wait until you get to that chapter.

    I'm not sure I'd go so far as dump... LOL!

    Correct! My mistake. And no, not told... just informed that she was there. :) Sorry, poor choice of words. Relax, just was trying to get across the point that it worked out and I met her there. :) Ya done good.

    She at times was quiet. And I think it took a little bit for her to warm up. :)

    I loved that it just happened. I'm glad I ran across him in my wanderings!

    I recall you telling me she was having a hard time with her feet a few times. I think she was moving slower than usually due to sore tootsies.

    So, we agree that while it was good, it was no fantastic enough to be memorable! LOL!

    So, a typical teen.

    I tried! Just couldn't do it.

    Yep! :)

    A very good kind of insurance policy!

    Yeah, I think so. I just remember them falling during our whole meal. Every time one would fall it'd scare me.


    I guess it'd have to be pretty bad to be less than that for me too.

    ANd that is very certainly possible! Clearly by that time, the memory was failing as badly as my last souffle.

    And yet, I'm still grateful.

    April.... I'll get even.

    Shoot! Maybe April will be less so. (But not likely. )
     
  20. Steppesister

    Steppesister DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2013
    Messages:
    5,490
    Someone posted not long ago, that there is an app or website that catalogues all the DLR plants. Maybe we can find it there?
     
  21. Steppesister

    Steppesister DIS Veteran

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2013
    Messages:
    5,490
    O is for: Off to Other Disney-Centered Occasions


    The pre-trip excitement reached its normal, insomnia-inducing levels, and I slept fitfully wondering what I’d forget this time. Trust me, it was plenty. But that was more due to the fact that I had absolutely NO idea what to expect for this event than to anything else. But that, my friends, is getting WAY ahead of myself. Let’s begin where all good stories do… on a freeway going somewhere. Which is never quite as good a story as one beginning on a plane to somewhere, but this, Dear Reader, was only a trip from Salem, Oregon to Lynnwood, Washington.

    At the last minute, I ended up being scheduled to get off of work at 3:00, so instead of leaving in the evening, I was free to leave in the afternoon… much to my rush hour-loathing relief. If you have never experienced Portland or Seattle rush hour traffic you have no concept of “just give up and don’t bother” traffic. It is soul crushing and not to be attempted unless migraines are your thing. I was loaded up, my bags were anyways, and I took off straight from work at 2:30 because I got off early, and without any hulabaloo or hoopla arrived at Karilynn’s around 6:00. Err…. except the little inane scenic route Google Maps took me on through in one little spot. I mean, isn’t the most direct route always to get off the freeway, toodle through town and several signals, and then get back on, only to continue north again? :confused3


    She gave me a tour of her museum-like home of which I’m pretty sure has more Disneyana than all of EBay, World of Disney, and the Emporium combined, and then we loaded her bags and we shot
    off like Thelma and Louise.


    For dinner. As noted before, Seattle rush hour traffic is soul crushing, and it’s best to just not. Eating is always more enjoyable than crawling at 5 mph for 2 hours, but then again, so is having a femur reset. Maybe.


    Kinda a tossup.


    We ended up at a little Chinese place near her home where I took exactly NO photos. I mean, I sure thought I did, but there’s nothing on my phone, so just close your eyes and imagine some respectable Americanized “Chinese” food sitting on a plate. It more than filled our tummies and we were ready around 7:30 to hit the road, hoping to make it to our hotel by 8:30. Which we did- The Embassy Suites Convention Center in Lynnwood, WA.

    Check-in was super easy and we were in our room by 8:45 or so. Neither of us expected a suite-style room (ummm, yes, I’m aware it was Embassy SUITES) but, I think it took us both aback a bit. It worked out super well because I slept in a little extra in the mornings, and Kari had a place she could go and read or primp while I snoozed. Here are the obligatory photos of the pre-trashed room.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]



    Not bad digs, if I do say so myself…

    It didn’t take us long to ditch the bags and set out to scope out the Door Decorating Contest Entries (see what I did there?) I didn’t take a count, but I think there were around 15 entries or so. All of them obviously had a ton of time put into them and the creativity was amazing! But a couple really stood out. She and I nailed it in predicting the Winning Doors.

    One had a little matching game of what quotes came from which Disney movie, another paid homage to retiring Chef Oscar, and yet another had the entire Jungle Cruise mapped out with the corresponding jokes that went with each location. All very fun!

    Other random photos:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    This one, which took one of the top 2 places (sorry! I can't remember which one actually won!) was a mock Trick or Treat Trail from MNSSHP complete with candy, a Photopass Photographer, characters and the Boo to you Soundtrack

    [​IMG]

    My favorite, and I think the winner (?), but for sure in the top 2 was a Beauty and the Beast-themed display with hand cut silhouettes of Disney couples. An obvious incredible amount of work went into this one, and I was completely impressed:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]


    This one's theme was Disney parks worldwide, but focused on the Asian parks where @Malia78 happens to be right now!

    [​IMG]


    We may give it a try next year. :scared: The competition is pretty stiff!

    By the time, we’d done our little walk-about, we both decided it was time to hit the sack; it’d been a long day for both of us. While visions of Fairies and Pixies danced in our heads, we quickly fell asleep excited for what the day of the Big Meet would hold.
     

Share This Page