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Matt Goes Solo - Day 1

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Posted 09 February 2004 - 08:52 PM

Didn't sleep much ...maybe 3 or 4 hours. Aside from general excitement, I kept waking up remembering things to pack (like shoes that are good for walking with shorts). At anyrate, I was up at 7, got my stuff together and headed to the airport. The night before I had printed out my boarding pass(which is great because you earn extra frequent flier miles) but I was concerned that I would get there way too early. Luckily, thanks to a slow city bus and getting dropped off at the wrong terminal, I got there with roughly 10 minutes to spare before boarding. This was my first time flying Song and I was generally impressed. I had flown Jetblue before so I was used to alot of the features. The trivia game was fun and a good warm up for Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. My only gripe was there was no map showing your progress. As someone who has an avid fear of flying, its important to know how much longer exactly you must suffer.

Regardless, I landed(in 1 piece) at a little before one. Jillian picked me up at the airport and we headed off to grab a quick lunch and then to drop my stuff off at the hotel. More on the hotel later. Now, there's a funny story regarding me and Jillian being "married". In case you didn't know, we're not married, not going out, nothing like that. When I checked in they made us go talk to the wonderfuly courteus and lovely unsolicitated hard-pitch sales person who had our "welcome package"(otherwise known as unsolicitated advertisements to places I have no intention of ever going). Well she asked us if we were married. Jillian was of course, the smart and sensible person who would never lie(She is a CM after all). I, on the otherhand, was eager to see where this was going so I played along. I told her we were getting married and had 2 kids. Basically she wanted to send us on a timeshare presentation but since we didnt have ID that matched last names and/or addresses it wasnt gonna fly. Jillian was a good sport until we left the lobby to which she proceeded to burst out laughing. She must not have noticed the glass doors behind us as the woman must have thought we were a bit crazy. It was all fun and throughout the trip we made up reasons why our "kids" were never around(my favorite was I locked them in the hotel safe and forgot the combo). Anyway, that's our little inside joke.

Back to my trip....I got to Epcot at abotu 2:45. I have never experienced Disney like this before. Gorgeous weather, no lines(waits were 10 mins all day!) and no crowds. It's the way Walt envisioned it. I went to ride Mission:Space first(Duh) and I wasn't that impressed, to tell the truth. It was good, but I was expecting the best Disney ride ever. Although I'm slightly biased towards the Studios in general, I think Rock n Roller Coaster & Tower of Terror to be better. Oh well, that opinion didn't stop me from riding 4 times :) I rode a few other attractions and noted during the robot portion of Test Track ("Corosives test"), the robot on the left is broken(it didn't do anything). Also, there were a number of times on Journey Into Your Imagination where nothing happened when something was clearly supposed to happen(i.e. the vision test portion).

At about 6 I started "Drinking Around the World". Opting to save a dollar I got a cup of Dos Equis in Mexico instead of a margaritta. On to the land of cruise ship registries and off shore oil platforms - Norway! Maelstrom is good for a few minutes to sit and relax - that and coming up with your best Norwegian accent. The beer in Norway tastes alot like Budweiser, so I was suspicous that perhaps I was overcharged for bad foreign beer. After Norway I moved to china. Beer here is the cheapest thus far. Beer in Mexico and Norway cost about $6.75 but in China it was $4.50, albeit the serving size was smaller. I'm not sure if its the beer or me but this "chinese beer" tasts alot like all the other beers I've had. I decided to wait as long as possible before eating dinner as to avoid the crowds and ate at about 7:30 in Sommerfest in Germany. The entrances to Sommerfest(the counter service place) and Biergarten(spelled wrong, I'm sure and it's the full service place) is set up like restrooms...guys this way and girls that way. I thought it was.....interesting.I found the schnitzel to be very good but the pretzel to be pretty bad(Can we say 'Microwave'?). At the risk of losing credibility in my fraternity, dark beer in Germany is quite....dark. Stick with the Light beer. To redeem myself in my fraternity, I did try hitting on the CM here(and in Norway). Shotdown cold both times :lol:

By now the beer had caught up with me so I had to stop drinking. Let me tell you, Drinking Around the World is a baaaad idea. Especially after a day of walking and being tired. All it does is spend money quickly, make you tired and want to go to bed. I spent a good 30-60 minutes sobering up before Illuminations. Illuminations was great, although it was much shorter than I remember(15 minutes?!). After the show, I asked a CM at Morrocco if I could buy flowers somewhere on Epcot. The reason I asked was I wanted to get Jillian flowers as a gift when I got to the airport but the only place selling them in Orlando's airport was out of a dispenser machine and they looked quite dead. Well the CM, call up, told me there was no place and that I should go across the path and pick a flower from the display. Now, although the CM told me to do it, I still felt like I'd be pounced on by half a dozen CM's for looking the wrong way at the flowers. So I non-chalantly walked backwards, whistling to myself, got to the flowers, looked around and snagged a rose. Afterwards I walked back from the International Gateway to MGM....sort of. I definetly took the "scenic route" and after criss-crossing the Boardwalk area several times, I finally met up with Jillian(my ride home). The rose had welted quite a bit by the time I gave it to her but it's the thought that counts, right? As soon as I got back to the hotel, my face hit the pillow and I was out.

Things I Learned:
- Drinking Around the World is not such a great idea. After walking all day and not sleeping much, by the time you get halfway done with World Showcase, you'll be wanting a nap.
- Jillian Rocks :P
-La Quinta is a great hotel for anywho who wants to save $$ and stay at a halfway decent hotel very close to it all.
- CM's are not very open to being picked up guests....but I'm hoping it was the language barrier or something.

Day 2 coming soon!
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Posted 09 February 2004 - 10:31 PM

Nice trip report so far! I can't wait to hear more, i'm definitely going to remember drinking around the world is a bad idea.
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Posted 09 February 2004 - 11:14 PM

lilchippewa said:

i'm definitely going to remember drinking around the world is a bad idea.

It could be a good idea if that's all you did but that's pretty much a waste of a day. Besides, Disney isnt the best place for being drunk.
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Posted 09 February 2004 - 11:15 PM

-Jillian Rocks :lol:

Thanks :P

And yes, I did notice the glass doors behind us, but I couldn't hold it in anymore :)
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Posted 10 February 2004 - 01:07 AM

QuickGold said:

Anyway, that's our little inside joke.


Glad to know a little more behind this. So where were the kids really seen last?
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Posted 10 February 2004 - 08:11 AM

trendymagic said:

Glad to know a little more behind this. So where were the kids really seen last?


At the hotel somewhere, Matt forgot to pack them :lol: They are probably slave kids now to the new room people ;)
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Posted 10 February 2004 - 08:44 AM

*ROTFL*
That is so cute.

-Thanks for the tip on how drinking 'round the world is a bad idea. I was gonna try it next time I went to Epcot.

And they're either slaves to the new room people, or they sold them to Disney and they stuck 'em where they stick all the other midgets...iasm.

Oh, the horror of such a thought.

I'm calling DCF on you guys!
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Posted 10 February 2004 - 11:58 AM

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I'm calling DCF on you guys!

Great, now you'll see me on the next episode of Cops when they pull up to my trailer and I come out wearing just an undershirt and boxers, stammering around with a can of beer in my hand talking like Ozzy or something :lol:
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Posted 10 February 2004 - 12:26 PM

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DisneyFreak1228 said:

I'm calling DCF on you guys!

Great, now you'll see me on the next episode of Cops when they pull up to my trailer and I come out wearing just an undershirt and boxers, stammering around with a can of beer in my hand talking like Ozzy or something :lol:


I would pay good money to see that one. ;)
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Posted 10 February 2004 - 02:58 PM

DisneyFreak1228 said:

QuickGold said:

DisneyFreak1228 said:

I'm calling DCF on you guys!

Great, now you'll see me on the next episode of Cops when they pull up to my trailer and I come out wearing just an undershirt and boxers, stammering around with a can of beer in my hand talking like Ozzy or something :lol:


I would pay good money to see that one. ;)


as would I! :)
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Posted 10 February 2004 - 05:54 PM

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Things I Learned:

- CM's are not very open to being picked up guests


I am! Usually just depends on who she is!!! :lol:
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Posted 10 February 2004 - 08:27 PM

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QuickGold said:

Things I Learned:

- CM's are not very open to being picked up guests


I am! Usually just depends on who she is!!! :lol:


;) Haha, that was gold Jim
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Posted 10 February 2004 - 10:37 PM

But what about when the CM picks up the guest? Should I have left you at the airport? :lol: If I wasn't taken I wouldn't mind being picked up ;)
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Posted 10 February 2004 - 10:49 PM

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If I wasn't taken I wouldn't mind being picked up :lol:

Ahhh, the magical "what if" game.....
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Posted 12 February 2004 - 08:05 PM

Ok Matt and Jillian, When I was looking for places to live yesterday I would open the fridge and see if there were any kids then tell my roommate 'no missing kids here'. Of course he knew what I was talking about but the agent had no clue at each place and probably thought I was crazy. Thanks for the extended entertainment since I didn't get to go to the parks that day.
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Posted 12 February 2004 - 10:00 PM

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Ok Matt and Jillian, When I was looking for places to live yesterday I would open the fridge and see if there were any kids then tell my roommate 'no missing kids here'. Of course he knew what I was talking about but the agent had no clue at each place and probably thought I was crazy. Thanks for the extended entertainment since I didn't get to go to the parks that day.

:D Keep our spirit alive :)
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Posted 12 February 2004 - 10:48 PM

Still looking for the kids huh? I'm telling ya, look in iasw. Betcha 20 bucks they're there!
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Posted 12 February 2004 - 10:50 PM

trendymagic said:

Ok Matt and Jillian, When I was looking for places to live yesterday I would open the fridge and see if there were any kids then tell my roommate 'no missing kids here'. Of course he knew what I was talking about but the agent had no clue at each place and probably thought I was crazy. Thanks for the extended entertainment since I didn't get to go to the parks that day.


Thanks for looking though ;) I'm glad you had the grand entertainment of it :D

I bet Leslie is right, we need to check IaSW :)
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Posted 12 February 2004 - 10:58 PM

When I went to see Millionaire, the host threatened to make someone ride IaSW for 6 hours if they yelled out answers....no one made a peep.
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Posted 12 February 2004 - 11:11 PM

I wouldn't dare. They're dead serious when they say that.
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