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Old 01-29-2020, 06:24 AM   #1
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Default Riviera - Arts & Gondolas

I never like title for Trip Reports, but these three are the only reason we’re here now. Having a great time! This is something of a placeholder and a tease because it’s 4 am risings for park openings the first few days, but I will post some initial impressions along the way.

Riviera - a very nice resort that works on so many levels, but I do understand its critics as well. I think it’s the first resort designed for the MDE era.

Festival of the Arts - haven’t gotten to Epcot yet

Skyliner - Scores 100% awesome in my book, except for Disney’s failure to run them in time for Studios openings.

Magic Kingdom Early Morning Magic - so glad we did this

Rise of the Resistance - We’re headed out in 30 minutes. Wish us luck!

Animal Kingdom After Hours - Tomorrow night

DAS - we’re with friends who had to ask for it this trip due to “crap for lungs” and needing O2 in the parks. Disney couldn’t have been nicer and more helpful.

Restaurant line-up:
  • Cape May Cafe Dinner - One and Done
  • The Plaza - Good but not high priority
  • Teppan Edo - if RotR doesn’t screw up our schedule
  • Coral Reef Disney on Broadway Dinner package - this will be our first Coral Reef since 12/31/1987 when we got same day reservations 5 hours before dinner.
  • Morimoto Asia
  • Topolino’s
  • Beaches & Cream
  • Spice Road Table (cancellable)
  • Art Smith’s Homecomin’ (I’ve canceled this place 5 times now over the years. Will this trip be the charm?)

Off we go. May the Force be with us!


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Old 01-29-2020, 06:27 AM   #2
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Continue to enjoy! Hope your boarding group assignment is as desired.
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Old 01-29-2020, 06:32 AM   #3
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Enjoy!!! Great plans!!
March/April 2020 - OKW - F&G
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Old 01-29-2020, 07:05 AM   #4
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A great line up it is!
Have fun and yes...may the force be with you!

Can’t wait to hear more!
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Old 01-29-2020, 07:49 AM   #5
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Good luck with the boarding group. I hope you love the ride as much as we did!!!
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Old 01-29-2020, 08:07 AM   #6
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Hope you just got a low boarding group number!

AKV, BLT, BWV, and PVB are my home resorts. :
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Old 01-29-2020, 08:26 AM   #7
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Have fun! 100% agree about the Skyliner.
You have got to try Homecomin' it's one of our favorites!
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Old 01-29-2020, 08:38 AM   #8
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Have fun! Good luck with the boarding group!
Linda Always planning our next trip. dh dd31 dsil30 dd28 dd25

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Old 01-29-2020, 08:57 AM   #9
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Following, have a great time!!!
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Old 01-29-2020, 09:05 AM   #10
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Great start! I think last fall your trip came just before mine, and your trip report. Now I need to get at mine to keep ahead....

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